Nov. 22, 2011
BERKELEY - A school-record thirteen members of the California women's soccer team were named to the 2011 Pac-12 All-Academic teams, Commissioner Larry Scott announced.
Seniors Danielle Brunache and Miranda White were recognized for the third-straight year, while fellow seniors Katie Benz and Katie Suits and juniors Lauren Battung, Betsy Hassett and Samantha Walker received academic laurels for the second time. First-time honorees included sophomores Kate Bennett, Genessee Daughetee, Mekenna DeBack, Amanda Glass, Emily Kruger and Emi Lawson.
The 13 honorees surpass the previous high of 11 selections to the league's all-academic women's soccer squad each of the past two seasons.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
"We are very proud of each of our honorees," said Cal head coach Neil McGuire. "As a whole, this program works tirelessly both on the soccer field and in the class room. The 13 honorees shows a continued commitment to excellence in everything we do. It is gratifying to see these girls rewarded for their great work ethic."
Each student-athlete was an honorable mention selection by the conference.
On the field, Cal advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship before being eliminated by No. 16 Boston College in penalty kicks this past Friday. The Bears completed the 2011 season 12-6-4 overall - recording the most victories since 2007.