By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff
University of Vermont forward Evan Fjeld was announced as the 2011 America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year today in Cambridge, beating out Boston University senior forward John Holland.
Fjeld, a preseason all-conference selection, is averaging career-bests this season in both points (14.9) and rebounds (6.3) en route to helping his Catamounts team to the AE regular season title.
The senior and Durham, N.C., native emerged as the victor from a crowded field that started at 18 nominees (two from each AE school) before fans narrowed the list down to five finalists after a first round of voting. The other finalists included Holland, University of Maine forward Troy Barnies, University of New Hampshire forward Tyrone Conley and fellow Vermont forward Brian Voelkel.
Fjeld's win now marks the third time in the past five seasons that a Vermont player has captured the Fans' Player of the Year honor.
The awards for AE Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year -- all determined by the conference's coaches -- will be announced on Friday.