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UMF student-athletes named for fall NAC all-academic team

WHITINGHAM, Vt. – The North Atlantic Conference revealed its 2014 Fall All-Academic Team on Tuesday with the University of Maine at Farmington receiving 14 honorees among its six fall sports, tied for most among the 10 institutions in the conference.

A total of 98 student-athletes have been named to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) All-Academic Team for the Fall 2014 semester. Of the 98 honorees, 20 were first team or second team All-NAC selections in their sport. Also noteworthy, 16 of the honored student-athletes were a part of a team that earned the NAC Team Sportsmanship Award.

UMF’s 14 awardees ties Castleton with the most selections and represents a slight increase over last year. Comparatively UMF's percentage of athletes earning these honors remains among the highest in the league.

“Achieving excellence in academics and athletics is both a core value and important outcome of our program. We are proud of these individuals and of our strong tradition in the number and percentage of UMF student-athletes who earn this recognition year in and year out,” said Julie Davis, director of athletics.

Two UMF student-athletes selected to the NAC All-Academic Team earned First Team All-Conference honors in their respective sports – senior field hockey midfielder Chelsea Morley (York, Maine) and senior women’s soccer midfielder Alexandra Crocker (Glenburn, Maine).

All six members of the UMF women’s soccer team who were selected to the All-Academic team also earned the NAC Team Sportsmanship Award: Alexandra Crocker (Glenburn, Maine), Katie Emmons (South Berwick, Maine), Sam Hatch (Hebron, Maine) Sarah Pokorny (Wayne, Maine), Sara Quimby (Albion, Maine), and Jenna Silliboy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.).

The UMF Field Hockey team nearly matched the women’s soccer team with five student-athlete selections: Chelsea Morley (York, Maine), Mara Balboni (Oakland, Maine), Delainey Kein (Unity, Maine), Susan Newkirk (Bethel, Maine), Rebecca Young (Plainfield, N.H.)

Each of the remaining fall sports were represented: Andrew Carlson (Casco, Maine) earned the selection for men’s cross country; Tom Bearor (Bangor, Maine) was one of four NAC golf members to receive the award; and Chris Roberts (Arundel, Maine) earned the honor for men’s soccer.

The NAC All-Academic Team recognizes student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale. A student-athlete must also have reached junior academic standing and competed in a minimum of two years of varsity competition.

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