Oct. 31, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA's commitment to excellence continues to show as 26 student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Conference USA Women's Soccer All-Academic Teams. Tulsa produced five all-academic selections, while UCF had four student-athletes honored on the first and second teams. Two student-athletes from both Rice and UTEP were represented on the first team.
Complete 2012 Women's Soccer All-Academic Team Release
Seniors Sarah Vinson of Marshall, Lauren LaGro of Rice and Caitlin Leumas of Southern Miss earned their third-straight honors on the first team. Vinson and Leumas have compiled perfect 4.00 grade point averages. Vinson is a pre-dietetics major, while Leumas has been a four-year letterwinner for the Golden Eagles' back line while maintaining that perfect GPA as a kinesiotherapy major.
LaGro started every match for the Owls this season, helping them to a share of the C-USA regular-season title and maintaining a 3.87 GPA as a kinesiology major. LaGro also repeated with a spot on the all-conference second team for her defensive play. She is joined on the all-academic squad by teammate Julia Barrow. A senior English major with a minor in poverty, justice and human capabilities, Barrow has compiled a 3.92 GPA and is also a repeat selection on the all-academic team.
UCF senior forward Tishia Jewell, a finalist for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, is another repeat selection to the all-academic first team. Jewell earned her undergraduate degree in psychology in just two seasons and is working on dual master's degrees in non-profit management and public administration.
Tulsa senior Claire Hulcer is the sixth member of the all-academic first team that repeats from a season ago. Hulcer maintains a 3.95 GPA as a marketing major. Hulcer was also named to the All-Conference first team, starting every match on defense for a TU team that placed fifth in the C-USA regular season.
UTEP midfielders Tess Hall and Tori Martyn, along with East Carolina senior forward Caty Butler, earned spots on the all-conference first team after receiving a second-team selection a year ago. Hall and Martyn both major in kinesiology and both started every match for the Miners as they registered their eighth-straight 10-win season as a member of C-USA. Butler has scored 15 goals during her Pirate career and the exercise sports science major is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
Memphis senior defender Bailey Pembroke joins LaGro, Leumas and Martyn with a 4.00 GPA. A tri-captain for this year's Tiger squad, Pembroke holds her perfect mark as a marketing management major.
SMU senior Mallory Baum, a two-time All-Conference USA first-team midfielder, earned her first spot on the All-Academic Team. She has scored 10 points on the season and maintains a 3.61 GPA as an electrical engineering/ mathematics major.
Juniors Samantha Sackos of Houston and Kirsten Ebert of UAB round out the all-academic first team. Sackos maintains a 3.82 GPA as a mathematical biology major, while Ebert holds a 3.90 GPA in communications. Both are two-time Commissioner's Honor Roll honorees and Academic Medal recipients.
The 2012 Conference USA Women's Soccer Championship begins Wednesday at UTEP's University Field in El Paso, Texas. The first quarterfinal match between top-seed Colorado College and Houston starts at 11 a.m. MDT. The championship final will be on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 12 p.m. MST and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. A complete list of the All-Academic winners follows:
2012 CONFERENCE USA WOMEN'S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS
Name - School - Class - GPA - Major
Caty Butler - East Carolina - Senior - 3.89 - Exercise Sports Science (Sport Studies)
Samantha Sackos - Houston - Junior - 3.82 - Mathematical Biology
**Sarah Vinson - Marshall - Senior - 4.00 - Pre-Dietetics
Bailey Pembroke - Memphis - Senior - 4.00 - Marketing Management
*Julia Barrow - Rice - Senior - 3.92 - English (Poverty, Justice & Human Capabilities)
**Lauren LaGro - Rice - Senior - 3.87 - Kinesiology (Sports Medicine)
Mallory Baum - SMU - Senior - 3.61 - Electrical Engineering/Mathematics
**Caitlin Leumas - Southern Miss - Senior - 4.00 - Kinesiotherapy
*Claire Hulcer - Tulsa - Senior - 3.95 - Marketing
Kirsten Ebert - UAB - Junior - 3.90 - Communications
*Tishia Jewell - UCF - Senior - 3.75 - Master's, Non-Profit Management & Public Administration
Tess Hall - UTEP - Senior - 3.86 - Kinesiology
Tori Martyn - UTEP - Junior - 4.00 - Kinesiology
Name - School - Class - GPA - Major
Jessie Ayers - Colorado College - Sophomore - 3.66 - History-Political Science (Journalism)
Maddie Maurer - East Carolina - Senior - 3.71 - Elementary Education
Hali Oughton - East Carolina - Senior - 3.76 - Communications
Kelley Gravlin - Memphis - Sophomore - 3.91 - Mechanical Engineering
Jordan Wagner - Southern Miss - Senior - 3.73 - Accounting
Katie Bykowski - Tulsa Senior - 3.37 - MIS/Marketing
Rebecca Handley - Tulsa - Senior - 3.73 - Marketing
Hayley Harryman - Tulsa - Junior - 4.00 - Psychology
*Claire Nicholson - Tulsa - Junior - 3.76 - Exercise & Sport Science
Bianca Joswiak - UCF - Senior - 3.66 - Marketing
Nicolette Radovcic - UCF - Senior - 3.23 - Marketing
Andrea Rodrigues - UCF - Senior - 3.69 - Advertising & Public Relations
*Azia Nicholson - UTEP - Junior - 3.70 - Biology
* Repeat Selection