Amelia Pereira and Liam Paddock were honored as Capital One Academic All-Americans.
Amelia Pereira and Liam Paddock were honored as Capital One Academic All-Americans.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Paddock, Pereira Earn Capital One Academic All-America Honors

Release: 11/29/2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - UMBC senior defender Liam Paddock and Hartford senior forward Amelia Pereira were each named Capital One Academic All-Americans as the Division I Men's and Women's Soccer Teams were released Thursday. The teams were selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Paddock (Worcestershire, England), the 2012 America East Defender of the Year, was named to the Capital One All-America First Team, becoming the first America East player since Vermont's Conner Tobin in 2008 to earn first team honors. He led the Retrievers to the 2012 America East title and a win in the first round of the NCAA Championship over Old Dominion.

Paddock anchored a defense that led the conference in goals allowed per game at 0.77. The Retrievers recorded five-straight shutouts to end the season. Paddock, who was also an America East First Team selection, has a 3.92 GPA while double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. He is the fourth Capital One Academic All-America selection since 2008.

The 2012 America East Offensive Player of the Year, Pereira earned a Capital One All-America Second Team nod. The senior led the conference in scoring with 13 goals and seven assists to total 33 points. She finished ranked 33rd in the country in goals and seventh in game-winning goals with six.

Pereira is just the second Hartford women's soccer player to earn All-America status and the first since Katharina Lindner in 2002. She is also the second America East women's soccer player since 2009 to earn Capital One All-America recognition, joining Boston University's Emily Pallotta who was a third team honoree in 2009.

To view the full Division I Men's and Women's Soccer Capital One All-America teams, visit this link.