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February 7, 2011

Women’s Soccer Nets 13 Big Sky All-Academic Selections

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OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona women's soccer program added more awards to its lengthy list of Academic honors, leading all NAU fall sports and all Big Sky soccer teams with 13 Big Sky All-Academic selections. Of the 17 Lumberjacks who played in enough games to qualify for the award, 13 had a high enough GPA to receive All-Academic honors.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1)Participated in at least half of the team's competitions; 2)Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at the conclusion of the most recently completed term; 3)Completed at least one academic term at his/her current Big Sky institution.

The class is headlined by three players who were named Academic All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA): seniors Kristi Andreassen and Tori Howe and junior Tori Rocke. Andreassen was also named the CoSIDA/ESPN women's soccer All-American of the year out of more than 8,000 Division-I women's soccer players. Joining Andreassen as a CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District selection was senior Brandy Carr, as NAU totaled four Academic All-Region selections.

Senior Brenna Boies also earned Big Sky All-Academic honors for the third time in her career while juniors Ally Cwiekowski, Ashley Marrapode, and Lauren Zallis each earned the honor for the third time in as many seasons at NAU. Junior Jenna Samora received the award for the second time while junior transfer Chelsea Bednarz earned academic mention in her first season as a Lumberjack. Rounding out the Lumberjack honors was the second selection for sophomore Laura Johnson and the first selection for freshmen Alana D'Onofrio and Shawnee Morgan.