CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Thirteen women’s lacrosse student-athletes were named to the America East All-Academic Team on the eve of the 2009 America East Women’s Lacrosse Championship. Five institutions and nine majors were represented on the squad, and nine honorees will be competing for the conference crown this week.

Seven of the All-Academic Team members were also named to one of the two all-conference teams, including six to the first team. University of Vermont senior Kristen Millar (Whitby, Ontario) and University of New Hampshire senior Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) were both first-team selections unanimously voted to the All-Academic Team. UMBC senior Kara Dorr (Bel Air, Md.), a second-team all-conference honoree, was also a unanimous selection.

University at Albany sophomore Nikki Branchini (Guilderland, N.Y.) and Stony Brook graduate student Amy Hallion (Glenelg, Australia) each boasts a 3.83 grade point average, the highest among the recipients. Branchini is a history major, while Hallion is studying healh science. The average GPA of the thirteen student-athletes awarded is 3.59.

Rounding out the team is Albany’s junior Julie Bush (Jordan, N.Y.), senior Katie Neer (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) and senior Rory Redmond (Baldwin, N.Y.), UMBC’s senior Ashley Lancer (Bel Air, Md.) and junior Kate Quick (Phoenix, Md.), and New Hampshire’s sophomore Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn.), senior Ashley Durepo (Concord, N.H.) and senior Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass.).

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

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 subjective approach based on feedback from various coaches’ groups and administrators and approval by the athletic directors. The process will now resemble the CoSIDA’s 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 (example: women’s lacrosse can have 12 players on the field) or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports. There may be more student-athletes recognized if a tie exists. 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. Freshman are not eligible for consideration.

2009 America East Women’s Lacrosse All-Academic Team
Name    Cl.    School    Hometown    GPA    Major

Nikki Branchini    So.    Albany    Guilderland, N.Y.    3.83    History
Julie Bush    Jr.    Albany    Jordan, N.Y.    3.69    Communication
Kara Dorr*    Sr.    UMBC    Bel Air, Md.    3.72    Political science
Allie Duclos    So.    New Hampshire    South Windsor, Conn.    3.44    Family studies
Ashley Durepo    Sr.    New Hampshire    Concord, N.H.    3.38    Sociology
Amy Hallion    Gr.    Stony Brook    Glenelg, Australia    3.83 (Gr.)/3.62 (UGr.)    Health science
Michaela Hardy    Sr.    New Hampshire    Reading, Mass.    3.40    Psychology
Ashley Lancer    Sr.    UMBC    Bel Air, Md.    3.60    Psychology/Pre-nursing
Kristen Millar*    Sr.    Vermont    Whitby, Ontario    3.64    Elementary education
Katie Neer    Sr.    Albany    Baldwinsville, N.Y.    3.63    Political science
Kate Quick    Jr.    UMBC    Phoenix, Md.    3.35    Psychology
Rory Redmond    Sr.    Albany    Baldwin, N.Y.    3.62    Communication
Sarah Von Bargen*    Sr.    New Hampshire    East Setauket, N.Y.    3.55    Biology

* Unanimous selection