Five Huskies Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Women's Soccer Honors

Dec. 5, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Five University of Washington women's soccer players were named to the 2008 Pac-10 All-Academic team, the conference announced on Thursday, led by first-team selection Dana Stirn.

Stirn, a fifth-year senior, recently completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a 3.77 grade point average. Currently a graduate student in UW's Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership program, Stirn recently received the prestigious Scott Greenwood Memorial post-graduate scholarship, awarded annually to an outstanding Husky athlete who excels in athletics, academics and community service. This is her first Pac-10 All-Academic honor.

On the field, the Tacoma, Wash., native completed a full-circle comeback in 2008 after suffering through several injuries throughout her career. After starting for most of her freshman season and helping UW advance to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in program history, Stirn suffered a series of injuries over the next three seasons which kept her off the field. She returned this season from another early-season injury to play in 11 games and help the Huskies return to the postseason for the first time since that 2004 run.

Four Huskies were named Honorable Mention All-Academic, including sophomores Tess Bartlett and Kendyl Pele and juniors Lindsey Kasser and Veronica Perez.

Bartlett, who has a 3.41 grade point average, is also majoring in political science. She earned her first career honor, as did Kendyl Pele, who carries a 3.40 grade point average as a pre-major.

Perez, the Huskies leader on the field with 13 goals and 31 points, was also solid off the pitch, compiling a 3.05 grade point average as a sociology major. She was also named to the All-Pac-10 second team after leading UW to a third-place conference tie with defending national champion USC. Rounding out the group of Huskies was Kasser, a junior defender who carries a 3.24 grade point average in communications. Kasser was one of six Huskies to start all 22 matches this season, anchoring a Husky defense that allowed just 1.38 goals per game.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average, be either a starter or significant contributor and have completed one academic year at the current institution.


First Team
Alexandra Elston, ASU So. 4.04 Exploratory
Lindsay Parlee, WSU So. 3.96 Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dental
Kira Maker, STAN So. 3.92 Undeclared
Leila Amini, ARIZ Jr. 3.90 Molecular & Cellular Biology
Liz Harkin, ASU Jr. 3.90 Biology & Society/Health Care
Nicole Dobrzynski, ORE Sr. 3.81 Business Administration
Allison Newton, ORE Sr. 3.81 History
Allison Falk, STAN Sr. 3.75 American Studies
Erica Long, ASU R-Fr. 3.96 Journalism & Mass Communication/Health Care
Dana Stirn, WASH Sr. 3.77 Political Science
Ali Riley, STAN Jr. 3.75 Psychology

Second Team
Rachael Axon, OSU Jr. 3.66 Exercise & Sport Sciences
Caitlin Bonney, WSU R-So. 3.76 Communication
Jacqueline Broussard, ARIZ Jr. 3.69 Psychology
Maggie Dougher, WSU Jr. 3.75 Movement Studies
Darcie Gardner, ORE Sr. 3.68 Human Psychology
Jessica Goodell, ORE Sr. 3.64 Marine Biology
Lisa Kevorkian, CAL R-So. 3.59 Mass Communication
Dani Oster, ORE Jr. 3.81 Business Administration
Sara Plutko, ORE So. 3.86 Business Administration
Christen Press, STAN So. 3.57 Undeclared
Karin Volpe, ASU So. 3.59 Exploratory

Honorable Mention All-Academic
Caeli Abeyta, Jr., WSU; Brianna Bak, Jr., CAL; Tess Bartlett, So., WASH; Kelley Birch, Sr., STAN; Karina Camacho, So., ARIZ; Catherine Calvert, Sr., UCLA; Jenny Christoph, Jr., WSU; Janessa Currier, Sr., USC; Katherine Daiss, R-Jr., CAL; Kiersten Dallstream, Jr., WSU; Carly Dobratz, Jr., WSU; Mackenzie Doty, R-So., ORE; Kelley Finch, Sr., USC; Mallory Fox, R-So., WSU; Karter Haug, So., USC; Hillary Heath, R-Jr., STAN; Emily Henshaw, Jr., OSU; Najma Homidi, Jr., OSU; Alicia Jenkins, Jr., STAN; Ashley Johnson, So., WSU; Carly Kallas, Jr., ASU; Nkechi Kanu, Sr., CAL; Lindsey Kasser, Jr., WASH; Kirstie Kuhns, So., ORE; Nini Loucks, Sr., USC; Lea MacKinnon, R-Jr., STAN; Rianna Mansfield, So., ORE; Analisa Marquez, Jr., ARIZ; Allison McCann, So., STAN; Alex Morgan, So., CAL; Kara Lang, R-Jr., UCLA; Loretta (Red) Nixon, Jr., OSU; Katie Oakes, Jr., CAL; Kelley O'Hara, Jr., STAN; Melissa Peck, Jr., OSU; Kendyl Pele, So., WASH; Gina Pellegrini, Jr., CAL; Veronica Perez, Jr., WASH; Morgan Redman, So., STAN; Jessie Richardson, So., ASU; Bree Rowe, So., ORE; Carla Scanniello, Gr., ASU; Nikki Schrey, Sr., CAL; Emily Shibata, So., CAL; Briana Silvestri, Jr., ASU; Jill Shoquist, So., ASU; Kylla Sjoman, Sr., ASU; Kristin Stannard, Jr., STAN; Jen Stoltenberg, So., ORE; Emma Stolz, So., WSU; Stacey Strong, Sr., USC; Danielle Sweeney, Jr., ORE; Elysse Van Leer, Jr., WSU.

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