July 16, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. -
The BIG EAST Conference announced the 21 winners of the 2007-08 Scholar-Athlete Excellence Awards, which recognize the academic and athletic achievement as well as community service of premiere student-athletes from around the league. The Red Storm boasts three senior winners in George Brown of the baseball team, Brittany Lambertson of the women's golf squad and Jason Landers of the men's soccer team.
Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST sport based on academic prowess, athletic success and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who attain junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 were eligible. Winners were chosen by BIG EAST member schools' faculty athletic representatives.
Brown, a dominant pitcher and leader of a Red Storm team that made a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, finished the season with a 9-1 record, including a perfect 9-0 mark in the regular season, and posted a 2.91 ERA with a career-high 59 strikeouts in a career-high 89.2 innings. Brown was named the NCBWA District II Player of the Year, the ECAC Division I Pitcher of the Year, a Louisville Slugger second team All-American and a Pro-Line Athletic/NCBWA second team All-American. The lefty also earned first team All-Northeast Region accolades from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), and was the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year and an All-BIG EAST first team selection. The lefty was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 27th round (815 overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Landers overcame injuries in his final season with St. John's and earned his second career All-BIG EAST honor with a third team selection in 2007. A tri-captain, Landers started 12 games and posted a 5-3-3 record. The keeper had seven shutouts (one shared), a 0.65 goals against average and a .818 save percentage. During a 2-0-2 span for St. John's, Landers posted consecutive shutouts of Providence, then-No. 23 Villanova, then-No. 21 Michigan and Louisville. The keeper also had a scoreless streak of 479 minutes over a period of six games.
Lambertson, the lone senior on this year's women's golf squad, led the Red Storm in three of four events that St. John's competed in during the 2008 season. She was the leader of a young team that featured five sophomores. The fourth-year golfer had two top 10 finishes in the first two events of the spring season. She took seventh place at the NIU Invitational and finished eighth at the Hoya Invitational, recording a 74 in round one of the event. Lambertson capped off her season with at sixth place finish at the BIG EAST Championship.