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CAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year Elena Delle Donne (left) and Joe Burg

Burg, Delle Donne Named Scholar-Athletes of the Year

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          Release: 07/08/2013
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RICHMOND, Va. (July 8, 2013) – Hofstra senior baseball player Joe Burg (Lindenhurst, Ill.) was selected as the 2012-13 Colonial Athletic Association Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Delaware senior basketball player Elena Delle Donne (Wilmington, Del.) was chosen as the CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year in voting by the league’s media relations directors.

The conference selected a Scholar-Athlete of the Year in each of its 22 championship sports this season, and those winners were placed on the ballot for the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. All of the winners were a starter or important reserve on their team and had a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher. Eight of the finalists earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades this season and 15 of them received all-conference honors in their respective sports.

Burg is Hofstra’s first CAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and only the second baseball player to ever receive the honor. A 4.0 student while double majoring in physics and mathematics, Burg was chosen to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team this season. He was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist in 2012 and was also a finalist for the NCAA’s Walter Byers Scholarship. Burg received the James M. Shuart Award as Hofstra’s top Male Scholar-Athlete and Hofstra’s Outstanding Senior Scholar Award in recognition of his grade point average. He also earned the Outstanding Graduating Mathematics Senior Award and was a Hofstra Honors College Graduate with Distinction. On the field, Burg made a team-high 12 starts on the mound for the Pride in 2013 and tied for the team lead in wins with three. He topped Hofstra with 62.1 innings pitched and struck out 37 batters.

Delle Donne is only the second repeat winner of the CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. The senior, who majored in human services, became just the fourth person in history to be honored as the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in women’s basketball for two straight seasons. She was a four-time member of the CAA All-Academic first team in women’s basketball. Delle Donne was a consensus first team All-America selection for the second year in a row. She received the Honda Award as the national Player of the Year in women’s basketball and was a finalist for several other national Player of the Year awards. The Blue Hens’ guard/forward earned CAA Player of the Year honors for the third time after ranking second in the nation in scoring with 26.0 points per game. She led Delaware to its second CAA championship and to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Delle Donne is ranked fifth in NCAA history with 3,039 career points and holds CAA all-time marks for points, field goals, free throws and blocked shots. She was the second overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky and was chosen as the WNBA Rookie of the Month in June.

Others receiving votes for the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award were UNCW senior Kosta Blank (Winnipeg, Canada), an all-conference performer for UNCW’s men’s tennis team that captured the CAA title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament; Hofstra senior Steve Bonanno (Wantagh, N.Y.), a two-time CAA wrestling champion at 125 pounds and a four-time NCAA qualifier; William & Mary junior Kyle Gaillard (Huntersville, N.C.), a starting forward who ranked 18th in the CAA in rebounding (5.3 rpg) for the Tribe men’s basketball team; Georgia State junior Chris Locandro (Kennesaw, Ga.), a two-time all-conference honoree in men’s soccer who led a Panthers’ defense that recorded 11 shutouts over the past two seasons; William & Mary senior Alex McGrath (Marlborough, N.H.), a second-team Academic All-American who was the CAA Athlete of the Year in men’s cross country and an All-CAA honoree in track and field; Massachusetts senior Jake Smith (Medfield, Mass.), a two-time USILA All-America selection in men’s lacrosse and a member of the USILA Scholar All-America squad;  William and Mary junior Andrew Strait (Henrico, Va.), the Co-Swimmer of the Meet at the 2013 CAA Swimming & Diving Championship after winning the 200 individual medley and the 100 and 200 breaststroke with NCAA “B” Cut times; and William & Mary senior Jeremy Wells (Hopewell, Va.), a three-time All-CAA performer in men’s golf who placed third overall at the 2013 CAA Men’s Golf Championship.

Others receiving votes for the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award were Towson junior Katy Buck (Catonsville, Md.), a two-time first-team All-CAA selection and a first-team Academic All-America honoree in volleyball; James Madison senior Katherine Bulling (Loveland, Ohio), a third-team Academic All-American and All-CAA performer in women’s tennis; Hofstra senior Olivia Galati (West Babylon, N.Y.), a four-time CAA Pitcher of the Year, two-time All-American  and 2013 Academic All-American in softball; James Madison senior Katie Gorman (Lafayette Hill, Pa.), a six-time All-CAA honoree in women’s cross country and track and field; Northeastern senior Katherine Halbig (Saratoga, N.Y.), a first-team All-CAA selection in women’s rowing; Hofstra senior Jill Maier (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), a four-year standout for the Pride women’s lacrosse team who scored 96 career goals; Hofstra senior Melissa McCarthy (Havertown, Pa.), a starting defender for the Pride field hockey team and a two-time selection to the NFHCA National Academic squad; Xavier senior Breanna Patz (Plainfield, Ind.), a three-time All-CAA selection in women’s golf and a four-year recipient of the NGCA All-America Scholar Award; Towson junior Melanie Rowland (Vernon Hills, Ill.), an All-CAA performer in four events while helping the Tigers capture the team title at the CAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship; William and Mary senior Mallory Schaffer (Allison Park, Pa.), a two-time All-American and Academic All-American in women’s soccer who earned CAA women’s soccer Player of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012.

CAA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR WINNERS

2002-03:

Male: Pedro Nieto, Tennis, VCU

Female: Kristine Austgulen, Basketball, VCU

2003-04:

Male: Adam Hess, Basketball, William and Mary

Female: Nataly Cahana, Tennis, Old Dominion

2004-05:

Male: Chris Looze, Baseball, George Mason

Female: Michelle Jarman, Golf, UNCW

2005-06:

Male: Michael Krayer, Swimming, UNCW

Female: Janelle Engle, Field Hockey, Old Dominion

2006-07:

Male: Keith Bechtol, Cross Country/Track & Field, William and Mary

Female: Melissa Milstead, Swimming, UNCW

2007-08:

Male: Ryan Overdevest, Soccer, William and Mary

Female: Sue Weber, Soccer, Hofstra

2008-09:

Male: Aleksandr Seleznev, Tennis, Old Dominion

Female: Kelsey Cutchins, Field Hockey, James Madison

2009-10:

Male: Richard Edgar, Soccer, George Mason

Female: Kelsey Cutchins, Field Hockey, James Madison

2010-11:

Male: Nathaniel Baako, Soccer, William and Mary

Female: Brandi Gervais, Cross Country/Track, Towson

2011-12:

Male: Brandon Heroux, Track & Field, William and Mary

Female: Elena Delle Donne, Basketball, Delaware

2012-13:

Male: Joe Burg, Baseball, Hofstra

Female: Elena Delle Donne, Basketball, Delaware

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