CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The America East conference announced Thursday afternoon that seniors Sara Hourihan (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Caitlin Whelan (Weymouth, Mass.) of the University New Hampshire women’s soccer team were named to the 2008 America East All-Academic Team.

Hourihan, who has made the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll in her first three seasons in the conference, makes her first appearance on the All-Academic Team. The forward, who is a kinesiology: exercise science major with a 3.68 GPA, was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Women’s Soccer Academic All-District Third Team, on Oct. 30. Last season, Hourihan was the recipient of the UNH women’s soccer Student-Athlete Award, presented to the athlete with the highest grade point average during the traditional season of competition. On the field this season, Hourihan led the team in both goals (7) and points (16) and leaves UNH tied for fifth on the program’s all-time goals (26) and points (58) list.

Sara Hourihan

Whelan, who made the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll last season – her first in the league – also makes her first All-Academic Team. The therapeutic recreation major is the owner of a 3.38 GPA. Whelan, the 2007 Midfielder of the Year, was selected as an America East All-Conference First Team member for the second straight year at the end of a regular season in which she tallied nine points on three goals and three assists.

For the last two academic years, the All-Academic Team has been selected based on a formula. Starting this year, America East has adopted a more objective approach based on feedback from various coaches’ groups and administrators. The process will now resemble the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America program. Student-athletes worthy of consideration will now be nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.

All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (e.g., 11 on the field for soccer). To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a minimum GPA of 3.30 and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.



2008 America East Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team

Angelina Cords, Boston University
Emily Pallotta, Boston University
Marisha Schumacher-Hodge, Boston University
Elizabeth Speck, Boston University
Kacey Busque, University of Hartford
Laura Guigli, University of Hartford
Anjelica Hodgson, University of Maine
Kim Stephenson, University of Maine
Sarah Hourihan, University of New Hampshire
Caitlin Whelan, University of New Hampshire

Erin Pichiotino, University of Vermont

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