BOSTON – University of New Hampshire women’s soccer senior midfielder Hillary Mefferd (Portland, Ore.) was named to the 11-member America East All-Academic Team on Monday. The awards were given to student-athletes with exceptional athletic and academic achievements during the course of the 2006 season.
    Mefferd, who was recently named to the America East All-Conference Second Team, was a solid contributor on and off the field for the Wildcats as she helped lead the ‘Cats to a fifth seed in the conference tournament. The co-captain has compiled five assists in her four-year career.
     The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings. Faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor some of the league’s top athletes that are also quality students.
     The All-Academic Team has been selected based on the student-athlete’s academic and athletic accomplishments. Academic achievement for consideration requires student-athletes to have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 entering the season. Athletically, student-athletes are required to be a nomination on the post-season awards ballot, which is determined by the league’s head coaches. Team size for team sports is based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (e.g., 11 on the field for soccer). In the event that the number of student-athletes meeting the requirements is greater than the number that participate in a contest at one time, all-conference vote totals were used as the tie-breaking criteria.

2006 All-Academic Team
Name                                            School             GPA
Trisha Reed                               Binghamton      3.06
Stephanie Dreyer                      Boston U.         3.14
Liz Cook                                     Hartford             3.73
Marie-Michele Bouchard         Maine                3.26
Marie-Andree Canuel                Maine                3.67
Laura Harper                               Maine                 3.37
Jordan Pekrul                             Maine                 3.72
Hillary Mefferd                       New Hampshire  3.43
Brooke Barbuto                       Stony Brook         3.16
Jackie Timmes                        Stony Brook         3.49
Marisha Schumacher-Hodge      Boston U.             3.48
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