Release: June 3, 2011
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named USILA Scholar All-American
defender concludes prolific career with nation's highest academic
USILA 2011 Scholar All-America Team
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior defenseman Derrick
Danieu has been named a Scholar-All American by the United
States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). He earned
the award due to a combination of his significant academic and
Each year, the USILA releases its Scholar All-America team, which
includes players from all three NCAA Division levels. To be eligible,
players must be at least an all-conference selection during the
current season, have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
and have "conducted themselves both on and off the field
in a matter that has brought credit to himself, his institution
and to collegiate lacrosse."
Danieu has been named a first-team America East All-Conference
selection the past three years, a feat no other BU player has
attained during the program's 10-year history. A team captain
that anchored BU's defensive unit, Danieu caused 1.93 turnovers
per game in 2011, which ranked No. 10 among all NCAA Division
I players. He was the Bearcats' shutdown defender and held two
of the top scorers in the conference without a goal during the
2011 campaign. For his career, Danieu caused 59 turnovers.
In the classroom, Danieu has been every bit as impressive. He
has been named to the America East Spring Academic Squad the
past two seasons and in April 2010, he was inducted into the
National College Athlete Honors Society. Furthermore, Danieu
has been named to the America East Honor Roll every year he has
been at Binghamton.
Danieu is the second BU player ever to earn USILA Scholar All-America
honors, joining Kevin McKeown in 2006. McKeown was the Bearcats'
interim head coach this past season, before Scott Nelson was
hired on May 18.
Nelson has had a sideline view of Danieu the past three seasons,
having battled the Bearcats the past three seasons when he was
the head coach at Marist College.
This award is a testament to the kind of high quality student-athletes
at Binghamton," he said. "I have seen Derrick play
for three years as an opponent and hes been a premier lock-down
defender over his career. Its a special honor and well
In addition, Danieu also joined McKeown as the only BU player
to have earned an annual conference honor all four seasons during
his career. He was also named to the America East All-Rookie
Team in 2008.
Binghamton finished the 2011 season 7-8 (3-2 AE) and advanced
to the America East semifinals for the seventh time in the past