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Cathy Poor Named to Verizon Academic All-America Women's Soccer Team

February 8, 2002

Cathy Poor '02
Poor was the only student-athlete from the NESCAC to earn Acadamic All-America honors in women's soccer
AMHERST, MA - Cathy Poor of Amherst College and Katie Buchert of Ohio Wesleyan University, whose teams met in the Division III National championship game, were among the student-athletes named to the 2001-02 Verizon Academic All-America Women's Soccer Teams, announced today after voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

As part of an overall expansion of the Verizon Academic All-America program, men's and women's soccer teams were selected in the University (Division I) and College (Divisions II-III) Divisions for the first time in the history of the program.

Poor (3.80/chemistry & biology), a senior from Harwichport, Mass., was the 2001 New England Small College Athletic Conference player of the year and is her school's all-time leader in goals (41) and points (105). Buchert, a senior from Middletown, Ohio, was a co-captain and four-year starter who was selected to the NCAA all-tournament team. She maintained a 3.93 Grade Point Average (GPA) as an education major. Ohio Wesleyan defeated Amherst for the Division III National Championship, 1-0, on November 17.

The College Division Team Member of the Year was Emory University goalie Andrea Pawliczek, who won the same honor in 2000 on the fall/winter at-large team. A senior from Lexington, Mass., she has a perfect 4.00 GPA for her college career as an economics/chemistry major.

The University Division Team Member of the Year was Andi Sellars of Florida (3.61/sport management), a senior from Satellite Beach, Fla., who was a two-time All-America.

In addition to Pawliczek, four other College Division first team members had perfect 4.00 GPA's - Jessi Adair (Presbyterian), Sarah Ridley (William Penn), Allison Vroman (Minnesota St.-Mankato) and Carla Wagner (Augustana/IL). Three University Division first team members accomplished the same feat - Katharina Linder (Hartford), Lisa Nowoslawski (Alabama-Birmingham) and Vanessa Pruzinsky (Notre Dame).

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Verizon Academic All-America program, which was founded by CoSIDA in 1952 to recognize collegiate student-athletes for their outstanding achievements in the classroom and on the playing field. Over the past 50 years, the Verizon Academic All-America program has grown into one of the most recognized and prestigious collegiate scholar-athlete awards nationwide, honoring student-athletes from all NCAA championship sports.

The Verizon Academic All-America Teams are selected by a vote of the 1,800-member CoSIDA. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools who are named to district teams prior to being voted upon the national level.

2001-02 VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM
(College Division)

First Team
Erin Archer (Sr. - Indianapolis)
Jessi Adair (Jr. - Presbyterian)
Katie Buchert (Sr. - Ohio Wesleyan)
Tiffany Crooks (Sr. - Ashland)
Sara Kunneman (Sr. - Nebraska Wesleyan)
Dorothy May (Sr. - Angelo St.)
Andrea Pawliczek** (Sr. - Emory)
Cathy Poor (Sr. - Amherst)
Sarah Ridley (Jr. - William Penn)
Allison Vroman (Jr. - Minnesota St.-Mankato)
Carla Wagner (Sr. - Augustana)

Second Team
Julie Benanzer (Sr. - Oklahoma City Univ.)
Jenny Bruce (So. - Wisc.-Stevens Point)
Loren Cerami (Sr. - Rochester)
Susan Gonyea (Jr. - RPI)
Sarah Kron (So. - Wheaton)
Mindie Meek (Sr. - Oklahoma City Univ.)
Adrianne Peters (Jr. - Montevallo)
Lydia Raburn (Sr. - Kalamazoo)
Annie Schenck (Jr. - Emory)
Jennie Vroman (Sr. - Muhlenberg)
Carrie Webster (Sr. - Lynchburg)

Third Team
Kristie Gordy (Sr. - Northern St.)
Allison Lewandowski (Sr. - Delaware Valley)
Jen Shinbori (Sr. - Luther)
Rebecca Vaccaro (Sr. - Mary Washington)
Elizabeth Hermiller (Sr. - Albion)
Nicole Hundley (Sr. - Elizabethtown)
Kathy Homes (Sr. - St. Mary's)
Rebecca Mouw (Jr. - Wheaton)
Melissa Lehaman (Sr. - Messiah)
Denise Buckley (Sr. - College of New Jersey)
Sally Cole (Jr. - Oklahoma City)

** - Verizon Academic All-America( Team Member of the Year - College Division