CAMBRIDGE, MASS. --  Twelve America East student-athletes have been selected to the 2009 Women’s Soccer All-Academic team, which was released by the conference office this afternoon. These student-athletes, who excel both academically as well as athletically, represent the best of the America East Conference.

The All-Academic team consists of University at Albany’s Cate Crenson (North Salem, N.Y./North Salem), Binghamton University’s Jen McEachron (Hoosick Falls, N.Y./Hoosick Falls), Boston University’s Emily Pallotta (Andover, Mass./Andover), University of Hartford’s Lauren Brodeur (Wilbraham, Mass./Wilbraham Monson Academy), Becky Flowers (Santee, Calif./Santana) and Laura Guigli (North Stonington, Conn./Wheeler), University of Maine’s Hannah Breton (Greenville, Maine/Greenville), Anjelica Hodgson (Nepean Ontario/John McCrae) and Kelsey Wilson (Gorham, Maine/Gorham), University of New Hampshire's Ally Yost (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy), Stony Brook University’s Debbie Aller (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) and University of Vermont’s Jessica Becker (Woodbridge, Conn./Amity Regional).

Pallotta, the 2009 America East Midfielder of the Year, was also a first-team all-conference selection, as were Flowers and Hodgson. Pallota was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I Women’s Soccer First Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), while McEachron was a third-team selection. The pair will battle for the America East women’s soccer title when the Terriers and Bearcats meet on Saturday at Boston U. at 1 p.m.

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field. 

For the second straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a 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) but can be more if there is a tie in voting. 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 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.