July 6, 2010

Army's Maisano Named Patriot Scholar-Athlete of Year

from press release

– Army men's lacrosse player Andrew Maisano has been named the 2009-10 Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced Tuesday. Maisano earned the honor after being named the 2010 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's lacrosse. The voting was conducted by one sports information director from each school around the League who could not vote for their own student-athletes.

On the field, Maisano started every game at midfield for the Black Knights over the last two seasons. This year as a senior, he scored three goals and added five assists for eight points while picking up 10 ground balls in 17 games. His steady play helped the Black Knights finish 6-0 against Patriot League teams, capture the League title and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993.

A native of Lakeview, N.Y., Maisano graduated 26th in his class at the United States Military Academy in May, which put him in the top five percent. He netted a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average, which placed him on the Patriot League's Academic Honor Roll for the fourth year in a row. He was named the winner of the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award during the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Final Four and earned First-Team Academic All-America selection by ESPN The Magazine and the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) last month.

A Systems Engineering major, Maisano received the Superintendent's Award for Excellence and Dean's List recognition in each of his semesters at the Military Academy. He was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the Golden Key Honor Society. He completed Airborne School in 2008 and graduated from West Point with the intention of becoming a combat engineer. His research and design project involved working with the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a commercial wind turbine as an alternative energy source while minimizing radar interference.

In addition to his academic accolades, he was busy off the field with several extracurricular activities. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and served as a company tutor, working with underclass cadets on their studies. During the summer training period, he helped teach combatives at the USMA Prep School. When home in Buffalo, N.Y., he volunteers at the Saint Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen. Over the last two years, he dedicated his free time to the Army Youth Lacrosse clinic and last fall he volunteered at the USA Lacrosse clinic.

Maisano became the third straight Black Knight to capture the men's lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2010, following Scott Rosenshein's two consecutive awards in 2008 and 2009. Maisano is the second straight student-athlete from Army to win the overall Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, as soccer player A.J. Glubzinski was named to the honor last year with an identical 4.00 GPA. Maisano is the fourth Black Knight to win the overall award, tying Colgate, Bucknell and Navy for most among League schools.

The winner of each sport's Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is put in the running towards the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, with the League's sports information directors selecting one male and one female for the award. Others in contention for the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award were Lehigh junior Evans Kosgei (cross country), Army senior Andrew Kydes (soccer), Bucknell junior Travis Nissley (football), Bucknell senior Daniel Fletcher (swimming and diving), Navy senior Mark Van Orden (indoor and outdoor track and field), Lehigh senior Marquis Hall (basketball), Navy junior Nick Birger (tennis), Lehigh senior Steve Suarez (golf) and Army junior Ben Koenigsfeld (baseball). All class years are from the 2009-10 academic year.

To be eligible for the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen are not eligible for this honor.

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