SUNY Chancellor King Congratulates the Six 2022-2023 SUNY Scholar Athletes of the Year

July 21, 2023

Photos of the Scholar Athletes of the Year Available Here

 

Albany, NY – State University of New York Chancellor John B. King, Jr. announced that two student-athletes from each division have been selected as the overall men's and women's SUNY Scholar Athletes of the Year. These overall winners were selected from student-athletes previously recognized as SUNY Scholar Athletes in 29 different sports from the fall, winter, and spring athletic seasons. These awards recognize outstanding student-athlete performance in the classroom and on the field of play.

Individuals were nominated and voted upon by representatives of their respective institutions. Those put forward then had their academic and athletic achievements reviewed by a panel of athletic directors from across the SUNY system.

"Balancing education and athletics is no small feat. With a sheer determination to succeed, each of the student-athletes selected has achieved that balance and shown a commitment to their sport and their studies. I cannot stress enough the weight of the phrase 'student-athlete,'" said SUNY Chancellor King. "Each individual is a student first, and it is an honor for me and for SUNY to bestow this award to each of the student-athletes.";

The SUNY Scholar Athlete Awards recognize outstanding academic and athletic success in 29 different sports and are presented three times a year to coincide with the specific sports contested in the fall, winter, and spring seasons. The overall Scholar Athletes of the Year in each individual sport are then announced in mid-July.

NCAA Division I


Men’s SUNY Scholar Athlete of the Year – Alex McNulty-Romaguera, University at Buffalo, Football 

McNulty graduated in the fall with a 3.72 GPA as a dual major in biological sciences and physics. He was a four-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) honoree and was named to the 2022 Academic All-District team. McNulty became the first University at Buffalo player to be named the MAC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2022. He was also honored on the All-MAC First Team after setting a single-season school record of 24 field goals. McNulty is first in program history in career field goals (49), extra points (163), and points scored by a kicker (310). 

Women’s SUNY Scholar Athlete of the Year – Alyssa Costello, Stony Brook University, Softball 
 
Costello is a sophomore majoring in biochemistry, selected to the All-Conference First Team and the NFCA Division I All-Region Team, and was a member of the CAA Softball All-Tournament Team. The outfielder dominated at the plate in the Seawolves' first season in the CAA. This season, she led the conference in batting average (.405) and ranked top five in several offensive categories, such as second in slugging percentage (.671), fourth in RBIs (38), and hits (68). Also, she was fifth in doubles (13), runs (38), and home runs (9). In the Stony Brook record book, Costello had one of the most memorable seasons in Seawolf history. Her 68 hits were the fourth most in program history and her .405 average was the sixth-best by any player in any season in program history. During their run in the 2023 CAA Tournament that knocked off No. 1 Delaware, No. 2 UNCW, No. 4 Elon, and No. 6 Charleston, Costello set the CAA Tournament record for hits, totaling 12 over six games during the week. The outfielder hit .571 (12-21) for the tournament, matching the tournament record with eight runs scored while adding four RBIs. She ended her season with a 24-game hitting streak, which is the longest for the team and the longest streak in the CAA that season. Costello also led the team with 19 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI performances this season. 

NCAA Division III 


Men’s SUNY Scholar Athlete of the Year – Trevor Bollinger, SUNY Geneseo, Men’s Lacrosse 

Bollinger has a 4.0 cumulative GPA with a double major in chemistry and sociology. He was named USILA Honorable Mention All-American, selected to the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team, named the SUNYAC Elite 20 Award Winner, earned CSC Academic All-District and Second-Team Academic All-America honors, was named the SUNYAC Men’s Lacrosse Scholar Athlete of the Year, and was a First-Team All-SUNYAC selection. He posted a team-high in caused turnovers (35) and was second in ground balls (68), only trailing the face-off specialist. 

Women’s SUNY Scholar Athlete of the Year – Jackie Rometo, SUNY New Paltz, Softball 
 
Rometo was the 2023 SUNYAC Player of the Year, First-Team All-SUNYAC, and Second-Team NFCA All-Region. She finished this past semester with a 3.91 GPA for a cumulative GPA of 3.94 majoring in communication disorders (junior academically, only second season athletically). Rometo is the second SUNYAC Player of the Year in program history. She upped her game to lead the 2023 Hawks in virtually every offensive statistical category, including batting average (.427), OPS (1.061), at-bats (143), runs scored (42), hits (61), doubles (13), triples (3), RBIs (38), total bases (83), slugging percentage (.580), on-base percentage (.481), and stolen bases (18-20). Rometo started and played in all 41 regular-season games. Defensively, she had a .983 fielding percentage on 54 chances, 53 putouts, and four assists, establishing herself as one of the best defensive outfielders in the league. 

NJCAA 


Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year – Andrew Tittmann, Nassau Community College, Men’s Lacrosse 

Tittmann was named a NJCAA First Team All American back-to-back seasons (2023 and 2022) and was also named to the 2023 and 2022 NJCAA Championship All-Tournament Teams. Andrew was Nassau Community College’s (NCC) starting goalkeeper for the past two years and he led NCC to the 2022 National Championship and NJCAA Runner Up (second in the country) in 2023. This season Tittman played in 12 games, and he had a 65.4 save percentage and an 81.8-win percentage with 119 saves. He was first in the country in goals against average and overall record (9-2) and played one of the most challenging schedules in the country. Tittman is a liberal arts major with a 3.75 overall GPA. 

Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year – Grace Vondracek, Corning Community College, Softball 

Vondracek was the 2023 NJCAA DIII National Softball Player of the Year, the NFCA DIII National Softball Player of the Year, the NJCAA DIII Region III Player of the Year, the NFCA Golden Boot Award winner, and the Mid-State Athletic Conference Player of the Year. She was also a First Team NJCAA DIII Softball All-American, NJCAA RIII DIII First Team selection, an MSAC All-Conference Team member, and named to the All-National Tournament Team. Her team was the NJCAA DIII Softball national runner-up in 2023. Vondracek majored in criminal justice and graduated cum laude in 2023 after achieving a 4.0 GPA in the spring.  

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