MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan field hockey team earned a single-season program record seven Academic All-Mid-American Conference team selections, the league office announced Thursday.
Seniors Erin Dye, Emily Girasole and Anastasia Netto, juniors Simone Lazar, Skylar VanNatta and Bailey McKeon and sophomore Jordyn Brengosz all earned Academic All-MAC honors, comprising the largest contingency of any MAC institution.
With seven selections, the Chippewas account for nearly half of the 16-player Academic All-MAC field hockey team.
Dye, a marketing major with a 3.90 grade point average, earns the award for the second consecutive season. The 2012 second-team All-MAC midfielder led the Chippewas this season with eight goals, and is one of just ten players in program history to score at least 30 goals in a career.
Netto, an accounting major with a 3.61 GPA, is also a two-time recipient of the award dating back to 2011. A second-team All-MAC selection at goalkeeper, Netto posted two shutouts in 2012, including a 1-0 win over No. 22 Maine.
Girasole, a physical education major with a 3.75 GPA, earns the award for the first time in her career. The senior back earned MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors in the opening weekend of the season, and helped to anchor a CMU defense that was among the toughest in the conference.
Lazar, a chemistry major with a 3.74 GPA, adds Academic All-MAC honors to her lengthy list of awards from the 2012 season. As a back, she has also been named to the NFHCA All-West Region Second Team, the All-MAC First Team and the MAC All-Tournament Team. She earns Academic All-MAC honors for the second time in her career.
VanNatta, a business major with a 3.79 GPA, earns Academic All-MAC honors to her resume for the first time in her career. The junior back, who earned Academic All-MAC honorable mention in 2011, blossomed into a premier MAC player this season on a staunch CMU defense. She also assisted on the game-winner in the Chippewas’ signature 2-1 overtime win against Ohio.
McKeon, a communications major with a 3.73 GPA, is also a first-time honoree for the Academic All-MAC team. An Academic All-MAC honorable mention in 2011, McKeon developed into one of the Chippewas top offensive weapons in 2012, leading the team from the forward position with 17 points on seven goals and three assists.
Brengosz, an actuarial science major with a 3.83 GPA, caps off a breakout 2012 season with the first Academic All-MAC honors of her career. Also named to the All-MAC Second Team and the MAC All-Tournament team, the sophomore back not only was a key component of one of the conference’s best defenses, but was also an offensive threat with two goals and an assist, including the game-winner in overtime against Ohio.
2012 Academic All-MAC Field Hockey Team
Jordyn Brengosz, Central Michigan
Emily Girasole, Central Michigan
Erin Dye, Central Michigan
Simone Lazar, Central Michigan
Bailey McKeon, Central Michigan
Anastasia Netto, Central Michigan
Skylar VanNatta, Central Michigan
Sabrina Binder, Kent State
Hannah Faulkner, Kent State
Rebecca Lee, Kent State
Sarah Mueller, Miami
Emily Gruesser, Miami
Reiann Stoute, Missouri State
Cathryn Altfoerffer, Ohio
Caelyn Hartley, Ohio
Laura Mastro, Ohio
2012 Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention
Jenna Rosenberry, Ball State
Marisa Weachter, Ball State
Abbie Carrico, Kent State
Melanie Kahn, Kent State
Sami Surdy, Kent State
Shannon Martin, Kent State
Kaitlin Evans, Miami
Jordan Long, Miami
Alyssa Logan, Miami
Catrina Schmidt, Missouri State
Laura Tavares, Missouri State
Andrea Bain, Missouri State
Chelsey Medlock, Missouri State
Katie Mulloy, Missouri State
Ashley Cureton, Ohio
Katherine Fenzel, Ohio
Jessica Vaeth, Ohio