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Lesage, Thomas named America East Scholar-Athletes

Pair are voted as top student-athlete in respective spring sports of men's tennis, baseball

June 25, 2014

Lesage, Thomas named America East Scholar-Athletes

America East Release

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VESTAL, N.Y. - Two of Binghamton’s elite spring student-athletes have been honored by the America East, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon. Junior tennis player Robin Lesage and junior baseball player Jake Thomas were voted as the lone Scholar-Athletes representing their respective sports. After each player helped led his team to a conference crown in 2014, the pair now become BU’s 34th and 35th recipients during the school’s 13-year America East tenure. It’s the fourth straight year that multiple Binghamton student-athletes have earned the high honor.

Lesage carries a 3.92 grade-point average in management/marketing. He was a first-team all-conference singles player who helped BU win its seventh consecutive America East championship this past April. Lesage is the seventh BU men’s tennis player to earn the top academic honor in the conference.

Thomas holds a 3.53 GPA in management. He was a first team all-conference and second team all-region selection after helping the Bearcats capture their second straight America East baseball title and third in six years. Thomas is the third BU baseball player to be selected.

Nominees were put forward by their institution’s sports information staff, which could nominate up to one student-athlete per sport. Then, a committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the nine spring championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50. Lesage and Thomas will automatically be eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced in July.

Binghamton America East Scholar-Athletes
(one chosen per sport each year)
2001-02 (1): Adam Fuchs (golf)
2002-03 (1): Amy Weissberg (women’s tennis)
2003-04 (2): Brad Moulton (golf), Yun Qu (women’s swimming & diving)
2004-05 (4): Jeff Wolniewicz (golf), Robert Kaczynski (men’s swimming & diving), Dan Hanegby (men’s tennis), Huijue Cai (women’s swimming & diving)
2005-06 (5): Brendon Hitchcock (baseball), Jeff Wolniewicz (golf), Kevin McKeown (men’s lacrosse), Brian Koizim (men’s swimming & diving), Lya Kushnirovich (women’s tennis) 
2006-07 (4): Rory Quiller* (men’s indoor track & field), Megan Hoag (volleyball), Brian Koizim (men’s swimming & diving), Brendon Hitchcock (baseball)
2007-08 (3): Rory Quiller* (men’s indoor track & field), Jacki Kane (volleyball), Brenno Varanda (men’s swimming & diving)
2008-09 (1): Sven Vloedgraven (men’s tennis)
2009-10 (1): Sven Vloedgraven* (men’s tennis)
2010-11 (5): Sven Vloedgraven* (men’s tennis), Chris Gaube (men’s cross country), Michelle McDonough (volleyball), Amanda Ciccone (women’s swimming & diving), Joe Perez-Rogers (men’s swimming & diving)
2011-12 (3): Adam Quinn (men’s indoor track & field), Alexandre Haggai (men’s tennis), Robb Quiller (men’s outdoor track & field)
2012-13 (3): Grace Vickers (volleyball), Jessica Bump (softball), Ruben Haggai (men’s tennis)
2013-14 (2): Robin Lesage (men’s tennis), Jake Thomas (baseball)

* also named the overall America East Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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