MAC Announces 2008 Academic All-MAC Women's Soccer Team

Updated 11/26/2008

CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference announced its 2008 Women’s Soccer Academic All-MAC team Wednesday, as voted by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions. A total of 18 student-athletes were named to the team. The number of honorees on the MAC All-Academic Team are the number that is set for the specific sport or 33% of the number of nominees, whichever is greater. The remaining student-athletes have been recognized as Academic Honorable Mention selections.


Central Michigan led this year’s team with a total of four selections. Sarah Burns, Shay Mannino, Stephanie Martin and Amanda Waugh represented the Chippewas on this year’s squad. Toledo had three selections on this year’s team as Laura Mecklenborg, Tara Witt and Ali Leak all represented this year’s MAC regular season and Tournament Champions.


Emily Rein (Ball State), Megan Ridley (Ball State), Katie Stephenson (Bowling Green), Andrea Vescio (Buffalo), Katie Zundel (Eastern Michigan), Jackie Barath (Kent State), Caitlin Hester (Kent State), Danielle Hays (Miami), Lindsey Curnock (Northern Illinois), Thea Johnson (Northern Illinois) and Erika Schmitt (Ohio) rounded out this year’s selections.


Bowling Green’s Stephenson was the only student-athlete that recorded a 4.0 on this year’s team.  


The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.


2008 MAC Women’s Soccer Academic All-MAC Team

Emily Rein, Ball State, Forward, 3.83, Pre-Business

Megan Ridley, Ball State, Midfielder, 3.76, Nursing

Katie Stephenson, Bowling Green, 4.00, Finance

Andrea Vescio, Buffalo, 3.869, Management

Sarah Burns, Central Michigan, 3.63, Entrepreneurship

Shay Mannino, Central Michigan, 3.82, Undecided

Stephanie Martin, Central Michigan, 3.26, Health Fitness

Amanda Waugh, Central Michigan, 3.56, Integrative Public Relations

Katie Zundel, Eastern Michigan, 3.43, Management

Jackie Barath, Kent State, 3.80, Speech Pathology

Caitlin Hester, Kent State, 3.50, Communications

Danielle Hays, Miami , 3.47, Zoology

Lindsey Curnock, Northern Illinois, 3.90, Psychology

Thea Johnson, Northern Illinois, 3.61, Psychical Education

Erika Schmitt, Ohio, 3.91, Journalism-Pre Law

Laura Mecklenborg, Toledo, 3.94, Marketing

Tara Witt, Toledo, 3.57, Marketing

Ali Leak, Toledo, 3.90, Marketing and Professional Sales


2008 Women’s Soccer Academic Honorable Mention

Jordan Baranowski, Akron

Leigh Cullen, Akron

Giavonna Ferraro, Akron

Jessica Fix, Akron

Katelyn Hausfeld, Akron

Rachael Murphy, Ball State

Jacki Eft, Ball State

Katelyn Alexander, Ball State

Alicia Almond, Bowling Green

Jen Czapka, Bowling Green

Brianne Eisenhard, Bowling Green

Kaitlyn Kobe, Bowling Green

Stacey Lucas, Bowling Green

Kristin McDonald, Bowling Green

Gina Rossi, Bowling Green

Jackie Tamerlano, Bowling Green

Kristen Bailey, Buffalo

Caitlin Higgins, Buffalo

Martina Pettenuzzo, Buffalo

Molly Gerst, Central Michigan

Jenna Hill, Central Michigan

Kristen Pelkki, Central Michigan

Valerie Prause, Central Michigan

Erica Rohren, Central Michigan

Monique Budani, Eastern Michigan

Stephanie Janssens, Eastern Michigan

Deana Kinter, Eastern Michigan

Jessica Lathrop, Eastern Michigan

Katie Lozar, Eastern Michigan

Maggie Manville, Eastern Michigan

Kelly Poppaw, Eastern Michigan

Ashley Upton, Eastern Michigan

Josee Charron, Kent State

Beth Diederich, Kent State

Lauren Evans, Kent State

Megan Hill, Kent State

Catharine Marosszeky, Kent State

Annie Messer, Kent State

Emily Reno, Kent State

Cassie Seton, Kent State

L.A. Thoma, Kent State

Katelyn Warnke, Kent State

Krista Pace, Miami

Stephanie Laser, Miami

Annie Wyer, Northern Illinois

Erika Dietz, Ohio

Jackie Hanson, Ohio

Jess MacLean, Ohio

Courtney Mink, Ohio

Halle Plagens, Ohio

Sarah Blake, Toledo

Erin Flynn, Toledo

Annie Sullivan, Toledo

Kelsey Carmichael, Western Michigan

Hillary Wernlund, Western Michigan