Albany, N.Y. - The State University of New York's Chancellor, John R. Ryan, recently named three of Farmingdale State's student-athletes as winners of the 2005-06 Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Awards. The Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award was created to recognize outstanding academic excellence and outstanding athletic achievement. Recipients were selected after a thorough review of their credentials and accomplishments by athletic directors from across the State University System. In addition to academic excellence (3.5 grade point average or higher), the student-athlete must have been named to any of the following: the All-Conference Team, All Tournament Team, MVP, etc., in order to be nominated for this award. This year's winners from Farmingdale State were Patric Santiago (Golf), Joe Meola (Men's Lacrosse) and Peter Lipka (Basketball). The Chancellor will be honoring these recipients at the 2006 Scholar-Athlete Awards on Monday, May 1st at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York.
Senior Patric Santiago (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) is receiving this award for the second consecutive year. Patric has been the number one player the past four years at Farmingdale and holds a perfect 4.0 GPA. Last season, Santiago posted the low score of the year, shooting an even par 71 at Tall Grass Country Club. In 2004, he was the low-scorer in all ten rounds he competed in for Farmingdale State, including rounds of 72 and 73. During his high school days, Patric competed in numerous junior tournaments and at one time carried a handicap of +1. Patric also competes on the men's soccer team as the starting goalkeeper and on the indoor/outdoor track teams, he is a Captain on all four teams. Patric is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, is the Vice President of Farmingdale's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and last year was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.
Junior Joe Meola (Rocky Point, NY/Rocky Point) is a starting attackmen on the men's lacrosse team, holding a 3.77 GPA. Joe led the 2005 team to a 9-7 record with a team-leading 61 points (30 goals and 31 assists). He scored a team-high three goals and had one assist in the loss to Montclair State in the ECAC Finals. He was named ECAC Metro Player of the Week last season after having a 10-point game against Mount Ida on March 19th. He finished the game with two goals and eight assists; the eight assists broke a previous school record of five assists in Division III play. This season, Joe played in five games for the Rams tallying one goal and eight assists. Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending injury on March 18th against Lasell College as he collided with the goalkeeper in overtime.
Sophomore Peter Lipka (Shelton, CT/Shelton) is a starting guard on the men's basketball team and holds a 3.70 GPA. He led the nation (among all three Divisions, I/II/III) in three-point field goal percentage this season, with an average of 55.4%. He helped the Rams to a 23-6 record and the first-ever Skyline Conference Championship in school history, which sent the team to the Division III NCAA Tournament. A 93-82 win over Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania on March 2nd, 2006 marked the schools first-ever win in an NCAA Tournament. The Rams suffered a heart-breaking loss in the second round of the Tournament to Virginia-Wesleyan College, the eventual Division III Champions, by a score of 71-63. Peter finished the season averaging 24 minutes per game, 9.1 points per game and was third on the team with 40 steals.
These three student-athletes have shown that their academic and athletic performance during the 2005-06 season are truly deserving of this award. Congratulations to all three award recipients!!