MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The State University of New York (SUNY) has named its Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award Recipients for the 2018-19 year, selecting men's ice hockey junior Nick DeVito (Averill Park, N.Y.) as the honoree for Morrisville State.
The SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award is the highest award given to a student-athlete in the SUNY System.
The award recognizes a combination of outstanding academic excellence and superior athletic achievement. In order to be considered for this award, student-athletes were nominated by their athletic director. Nominees then had their academic credentials and athletic accomplishments reviewed by athletic directors from across the State University system.
DeVito is a two-sport student-athlete for the Mustangs in men's golf and ice hockey, and skated his way to second team all-Conference accolades through the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) at forward this past season.
He finished the regular season with 32 points after collecting 12 goals and assisting a total 20; registering a single game high five points behind a hat trick of three goals and two assists in a win over Potsdam mid-way through January.
The junior tallied seven power play scores on the year, one short handed tally and a game winner.
He ranked third overall in the SUNYAC in scoring among all skaters and forwards, is third in goals scored, third in assists tallied and is tied for second overall in power play scores.
Across three seasons in his career in the Mustang uniform, DeVito has tallied 30 goals and assisted 41 for a total 71 points. Twelve of his scores have come on the power play.
The former Wellington Dukes player is majoring in business administration at SUNY Morrisville, where he has earned several academic accolades, including AHCA All-American Scholar-Athlete honors twice and SUNYAC All-Academic honors; while maintaining a presence on the college's Dean's or President's List.
"Nick represents everything you could hope for in a Division III student-athlete," said Morrisville State Athletic Director Greg Carroll.
"First and foremost, he's a terrific student that is respected by his professors for his work ethic and dedication to being successful academically."
"Not only does he make those around him better, whether on the ice, in the classroom or throughout campus, but he brings a tremendously high level of commitment to all he does."
"We're fortunate to have him in a Morrisville State uniform on not just one of our athletic teams, but two."
"We significantly value the work he does with our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, his duties as an admissions ambassador, leadership within the classroom and community, his work on the ice or on the golf course."
"He's always - all in."
DeVito is the son of Joanne and John DeVito.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.