Nov. 24, 2003
The Washington State soccer team set a program record with 17 players earning Pac-10 All-Academic accolades Monday. WSU led the conference with Oregon following having 11 players selected. The Cougars landed six seniors, four juniors and six sophomore's from a team of 26.
WSU had four players selected to the first team including three seniors. Senior defender Marriete Boyce, who carries a 3.81 grade-point average in psychology was also a second team all-academic selection in 2001 and 2002. Shay Hobby was also a first team selection in 2002 and a second team selection in 2001. Hobby is a senior business administration major with a 3.87 GPA. Junior Megan Cecchini is a biology major carrying a 3.87 GPA who was also a first team selection in 2002.
This is the second academic award for senior Nicole Wilcox this year. The first team Pac-10 All Academic selection was also named to District VIII All-Academic first team Nov.6 carrying a 3.89 GPA in communication.
Ashley Smith was named to the second team in her first year of eligibility for the award. The sophomore has a 3.94 GPA and is undecided in her major.
The Cougs had 12 players earn Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention accolades. Shelby Brownfield, Kim Morgan and Jenna Wirtz represented the WSU senior class. There were four juniors named to the honorable mention squad; Keegan Hughes, Cailan McCutchan, Sara Silver-Hill and Christie Spear. Carmen Anderson, Katie Hultin, Jennie Kunc, Alix Rustrum and Haley Thompson-Miller were also selected in their first year of eligibility.
The most players named to the Pac-10 All-Academic teams from WSU prior to this year was seven.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and be either a starter or significant contributor.