America East tabs Nikki Branchini for scholar-athlete award

Guilderland's Nikki Branchini was named the America East Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Wednesday.

It is the latest in a series of post-season honors for the University at Albany women's lacrosse star. Branchini was also named the America East Woman of the Year on top of the awards she accumulated for her senior season with the Great Danes.

Branchini graduated in May with a 3.83 cumulative grade point average in history and a minor in education. She was selected to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large national second team, and she was named the Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Branchini is the first UAlbany woman to be named the America East Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year."

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