79 UNH student-athletes named to Academic Honor Roll

Newman named women's soccer Scholar-Athlete

Debbie Newman

BOSTON -- Debbie Newman (Union, Conn.), a senior captain of the 2005 University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, was named the America East Scholar-Athlete for women's soccer and highlighted the list of 79 UNH student-athletes that were named to the 2005 America East Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Thursday. Of those 79 student-athletes, 38 received further distinction to the Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Student-athletes from the fall season's six championship sports - men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, field hockey and women's volleyball - earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher to attain Academic Honor Roll Status while those earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher were feted to the Commissioner's Honor Roll. Each Scholar-Athlete has a GPA of 3.20 or higher and was chosen by a committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives.

America East recognized a total of 541 student-athletes, 261 of which made the Commissioner's Honor Roll. UNH's total of 79 student-athletes was the second-highest total in the conference and the 38 Commissioner's Honor Roll honorees ranked third. The women's cross country team had 23 student-athletes honored and that included 14 on the Commissioner's Honor Roll, which was the highest total of all institutional sports.

Newman, a four-year selection to the Academic Honor Roll, was co-captain of the 2005 Wildcat squad and leader of the defensive unit as she battled through nagging injuries to start 15 of the 16 matches in which she played. With Newman directing the backs, UNH recorded eight shutouts and surrendered just one goal three other times. She recorded one point this season with an assist on the game-tying goal at the University of Vermont on Oct. 9. Newman, a four-year starter for the 'Cats, recorded five points (all on assists) in 75 career matches.

Newman's other collegiate honors include America East All-Conference Second Team (2002, 2003, 2004), NEWISA All-New England First Team (2003) and America East All-Rookie Team (2002). In addition, she was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team in 2004 and 2005.

A total of 18 UNH women's soccer players were named to the Academic Honor Roll, and half of those qualified for the Commissioner's Honor Roll.

For more information on the America East Academic Awards Program, including the complete list of all honor roll recipients, log on to the conference's official website at www.AmericaEast.com.

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