Cambridge, Mass. – UMBC junior fullback Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England) has been named the 2011 America East Fall Scholar-Athlete for the sport of men's soccer.
Paddock was amongst six recipients in the league's fall sports of men's and women's soccer, volleyball, field hockey and men's and women's cross country. He is the first Retriever soccer player to receive the honor.
The award capped a windfall of accolades for Paddock. He earned first team all-conference honors and was the only first team league honoree to be named to the All-Academic team for men's soccer in 2011.
Last month, Paddock was amongst three Retrievers selected to theNational Soccer Coaches Association of America 2011 University Division Men's Scholar All-East Region team, where he landed on the second team.
Paddock earned a place on the Fall 2011 America East Commissioner's Honor Roll. He has a 3.91 GPA with a psychology/sociology major and has recorded four consecutive semesters with a 4.00 GPA.
On the pitch, the rugged defender has started all 55 games at fullback that he has dressed for in his tenure at UMBC.
A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the six fall championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30. Each honoree will automatically be eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced this summer