May 13, 2014
Albany, N.Y. - Five Stony Brook student-athletes have been announced as winners of a 2013-14 SUNY Chancellor Scholar-Athlete Award. Among the #Seawolves honorees are Olivia Burne (Palmerston North, New Zealand) of the women's cross country and track & field teams, Polina Movchan (Kiev, Ukraine) of the women's tennis team, Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.) of the women's soccer team, Jessica Romano (Massapequa, N.Y.) of the women's lacrosse team and Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) of the men's basketball team.
The State University of New York's Chancellor Awards recognizes a combination of academic excellence and outstanding achievement at the Division I, Division III and NJCAA levels. Scholar-athletes are selected by SUNY System Administration in consultation with the campus athletic directors at each level of play. In honor of the accomplishment, each award recipient will receive a congratulatory letter and a plaque from Chancellor Zimpher.
"SUNY scholar athletes are stand-out students who have excelled not only in their respective sports but in our classrooms as well,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “With an average GPA of 3.55 among this year’s honorees, we are exceptionally proud of their achievements. Congratulations to each of the students recognized, and thank you the many professors, coaches, and staff across SUNY who support them."
Burne was honored for her performances in cross country, but she in fact has been dominant during all three of her seasons this year. She began by winning the 2013 America East Individual Cross Country Championship, running a 5K time of 17:30.14, a new course record at Binghamton. She then finished 15th at the NCAA Northeast Regional to pick up All-Region honors. In indoor track & field, she won the America East Championship in the 1,000 and then took second-team All-America honors after placing 12th in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship. On the outdoor surface, she won the 1,500 at the America East Championship, giving her a conference crown in each of her last four meets.
Movchan dominated on the court all season, leading the #Seawolves to the 2014 America East Women's Tennis Championship, the program's third consecutive conference title. She won both her semifinal and final matches in straight sets, including a dominating 6-0, 6-0 performance in the championship match at No. 1 singles vs. NJIT. She was named the America East Championship Most Outstanding Player, the second time she has earned the honor. She also claimed America East Player of the Year and first-team All-America East accolades.
Nysch led the #Seawolves to the America East regular season championship and the final of the America East Championship. She led the conference with 11 goals and 27 points. Four of her 11 goals were game-winners. She was named first-team All-America East and was placed on the America East Championship All-Tournament team. She finished her #Seawolves career with 22 goals and 56 points, both sixth-highest in program history.
Romano has helped the #Seawolves to a second straight America East regular season and tournament titles as well as a first-round win in the NCAA Tournament. She has been a part of the best defense in program history and currently the best defense in the nation. The #Seawolves are allowing just 5.33 goals a game and have held opponents under five goals nine times, including the program's first-ever shutout, a 13-0 win over Monmouth.
Warney led Stony Brook to 23 wins, second-most in the program's Div. I history, and a national postseason bid in the College Basketball Invitational. He was fifth in the nation with a .616 field goal percentage and led the #Seawolves in scoring (14.5 PPG), rebounding (8.5 RPG) and blocks (42) and was top 10 in America East in all four categories. He accrued numerous honors for his dominant season, including America East Player of the Year, first-team All-America East, first-team All-Met Writers, Associated Press All-America honorable mention, first-team All-NABC District 1 and CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major All-America.