Megan Pallozzi

Junior Megan Pallozzi plays lacrosse for the Pirates.

The American Athletic Conference (AAC) named four East Carolina University student athletes as AAC Scholar Athlete of the Year on July 29, according to a press release from

Alec Burleson, Dorthea Forbrigd, Patrick Stevenson and Megan Pallozzi have all won the award in their respective sports. ECU Athletics Twitter account tweeted congratulating the athletes.

“Pirates’ Alec Burleson named American Conference top male scholar athlete with Dorthea Forbrigd, Patrick Stephenson and Megan Pallozzi earn their sports’ highest honor,” The tweet said.

Former ECU baseball utility player Alec Burleson won the award among baseball players in the AAC and also won the AAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award. Through his time at ECU, Burleson netted a 3.95 cumulative GPA and has been a six-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll Member.

Head baseball coach Cliff Godwin tweeted about the award and congratulated Burleson on his success.

“GO PIRATES!” Godwin tweeted. “Alec Burleson named American Conference top male scholar-athlete! Back to Back for ECU Baseball!”

Forbrigd marks the Pirates’ third women’s golfer to win the award, while ECU women’s lacrosse player Pallozzi and men’s golfer Stephenson are the first student-athletes to earn the award in their respective sports.

For the 2019-20 season, Forbrigd shot an average of 71.55 with four top-20 finishes. She graduated in May with a degree in business management and a GPA of 3.917.

Pallozzi currently holds the school record for career goals with 66, 17 of which came during the shortened 2019-20 season. She’s a junior, a member of ECU’s Honors Program and holds a 3.798 GPA.

Pirate golfer Stephenson played in seven of the squad’s eight tournaments in the 2019-20 season all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in pursuit of his Master’s of Business Administration. Although he was a senior last season, Stephenson will return for a fifth season because of the effects of COVID-19.

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