Soccer Earns Three Selections to NSCAA Scholar All-America Teams
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A week after NAU seniors Kristi Andreassen and Tori Howe and junior Tori Rocke earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-West Region Honors, the trio has now been named as 2010 NSCAA Women's College Scholar All-Americans for the University Division. Andreassen was named to the First Team while Howe and Rocke earned Third Team honors.
Northern Arizona is one of only two schools in the University Division to have three players named as scholar All-Americans, as Marquette was the only school to equal the Lumberjacks with three selections. Only one other Big Sky player received NSCAA Scholar All-American honors, with Portland State senior Frankie Ross named to the Third Team.
"This is another deserving award for these three players who have put so much value behind their academics as well as their athletics," said head coach Andre Luciano. "Every freshman who enters our program understands that our commitment to academics is equally as important as our commitment to winning championships."
"These awards are a reflection of the great ability of these three players to prioritize academics and athletics first and foremost," added Luciano. "Kudos to Pam Lowie and her academic staff for providing them with the path to their successful academic careers with countless hours of mentoring throughout their time at Northern Arizona."
In November, Andreassen was selected as the Academic All-American of the Year in the University division for the 2010-11 ESPN Academic All-America® Soccer Teams out of 322 Division-I women's soccer programs and over 8,000 Division-I women's soccer players. She was also named to the NSCAA All-Pacific Region second team, was the Big Sky Defensive Most Valuable Player, and was joined by senior Brandy Carr on the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District team.
All three players are three-time All-Big Sky Academic Selections. Howe was an All-Big Sky First Team selection this year, earning her fourth All-Big Sky selection, while Rocke was also named to the All-Big Sky First Team this season and earned all conference honors for the second time in her career.