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Villanova's Brian Karalunas Named 2010-11 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

 PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Villanova University men's lacrosse standout Brian Karalunas has been chosen as the 2010-11 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.
 
A senior from Dewitt, N.Y., Karalunas will receive a $4,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. The Conference also announced the male winners of the 2010-11 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. Each institutional winner receives $2,000 toward graduate studies. Karalunas is Villanova's fifth Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year selection and is the first men's lacrosse player from any school to win the award.
 
Karalunas is regarded as one of the nation's top longstick midfielders. He was the 2010 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and an All-BIG EAST First Team selection. Karalunas registered 55 ground balls and had 55 caused turnovers in 2010, finishing as the national leader with an average of 3.47 caused turnovers per game. A two-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association honorable mention all-America selection, he was selected by the Long Island Lizards with the 35th overall selection in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.
 
Karalunas was chosen as the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-CAA First Team selection that season.
 
Karalunas, who holds a 3.93 grade-point average as an honors major with an emphasis in philosophy, is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Interdisciplinary Honors Program at Villanova. He was chosen as the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winner in men's lacrosse last season.
 
Karalunas' community service efforts include founding the Graterford Maximum Security Prison Restorative Justice Program, an inmate educational program exploring alternatives to the retributive justice system with an emphasis on forgiveness, victim-offender relations and community building. He is a Special Olympics Volunteer and a deacon with the Onondaga Valley Presbyterian Church.
 
The American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference and American Eagle Outfitters during the 2010-11 academic year. Thirty-two student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST's 16 member institutions) will be named as the winners of the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. The conference also names male and female American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year and an American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


2010-11 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete Awards
 
School
Name
Sport(s)
Major
Cincinnati
Stephen Cunningham
Swimming & Diving
Environmental Studies
Connecticut
Michael Rutt
Track & Field
Exercise Science
DePaul
Charles Boucher
Golf
Accountancy and Finance
Georgetown
Mark Wilber
Soccer
Biology
Louisville
Austen Childs
Tennis
Health & Human Performance
Marquette
Brice Cleland
Cross Country
Exercise Science, Theology, Psychology
Notre Dame
Tyler Davis
Tennis
Science-Business
Pittsburgh
Justin Boehm
Soccer
Natural Sciences
Providence
Stephen Hankinson
Cross Country/Track & Field
Economics
Rutgers
Jeremy Pennino
Track & Field
Exercise Science and Sports Studies
St. John's
Daniel Cremens
Lacrosse
Accounting
Seton Hall
Michael Oldham
Swimming & Diving
Secondary Education and History
USF
Jonathan Koscso
Baseball
Biomedical Science
Syracuse
John Galloway
Lacrosse
Public Relations
Villanova
Brian Karalunas
Lacrosse
Honors, Philosophy
West Virginia
Zach Johnson
Soccer
Industrial Engineering
 
American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athletes Of The Year
1985
Joey David, Pittsburgh, Basketball
1986
John Prior, Connecticut, Track & Field
1987
Harold Jensen, Villanova, Basketball
1988
Dave Echeverria, Villanova, Swimming & Diving
1989
Chris Craft, Villanova, Swimming & Diving
1990
Pat O'Kelly, Seton Hall, Soccer
1991
David Honor, St. John's, Baseball
1992
Steve Holman, Georgetown, Track & Field
1993
Hector Zamora, Seton Hall, Soccer
1994
Sebastien Goulet, Swimming, Syracuse
1995
Kevin Lyles, Seton Hall, Track & Field
1996
Gil Kovalski, Miami, Tennis
1997
Christian Fogarazzo, St. John's, Track & Field
1998
Errol Williams, Notre Dame, Track & Field
1999
Angelo Ciminiello, Providence, Baseball
2000
Scott VanEpps, Pittsburgh, Swimming & Diving
2001
Chris Hamblin, Boston College, Soccer
2002
Gregory Strohmann, Seton Hall, Soccer
2003
Casey Schmidt, Boston College, Soccer
2004
Chris Wingert, St. John's, Soccer
2005
Guy Melamed, Boston College, Soccer
2006
Trevor O'Grady, Rutgers, Track & Field
2007
Drew Eckman, Villanova, Track & Field
2008
Jeremy Stultz, Pittsburgh, Swimming & Diving
2009
Zak Boggs, USF, Soccer
2010
Francisco Aristeguieta, USF, Soccer
2011
Brian Karalunas, Villanova, Lacrosse