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For Immediate Release: June 3, 2011
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Danieu named USILA Scholar All-American
Senior defender concludes prolific career with nation's highest academic honor

Official 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 athletic accomplishments.

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 he’s been a premier lock-down defender over his career. It’s a special honor and well deserved.”

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 eight seasons.

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