UNM Women's Soccer Receives Academic Recognition: Head Coach Kit Vela Featured In Project For The Ivy League National Girls And Women In Sports Day Celebration
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/09/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 9, 2005

A total of 14 University of New Mexico women's soccer players were named 2004 Fall Semester Academic All-Mountain West Conference. The UNM women's soccer team features the most academic all-conference award winners out of all the New Mexico sports that had a regular season in the fall of 2004.

Leading the all-conference academic honorees with the highest G.P.A. was freshman forward Katelyn Ley who earned a 4.00 G.P.A in her first semester at New Mexico.

As a team, the Lobos achieved a cumulative fall G.P.A. of 3.49.

To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on the their athletic team.

Here is the complete list of UNM women's soccer players that earned the Academic All-Conference Award for the Fall of 2004:

Alanna Abeyta 3.55
Brittany Emerson 3.76
Kellee Hafner 3.86
LeAnne Hendren 3.75
Jordan Johnson 3.00
Alicia Lacovara 3.52
Katelyn Ley 4.00
Ashley Lowery 3.65
Nicole McCarty 3.16
Anna Neu 3.33
Eryn Paetz 3.19
Kristine Sweat 3.00
Amber Wetsch 3.46
Kristen Winters 3.78

There were also two freshmen and one sophomore that saw some playing time last season who also contributed high grade point averages to the program. These players showed some promising talent on the field for future seasons and proved to be talented in the classroom as well.

Terryn Granados 4.00
Erica Freese 3.81
Amy Nelson 3.76

Ivy League National Girls And Women In Sports Day

In other UNM women's soccer news, Lobo head coach Kit Vela was recently featured in a project the Ivy League does every year for National Girls and Women In Sports Day, celebrated on Feb. 4. Vela, who was a four-year letterwinner (1986-1990) at Brown University in both women's soccer and softball, was chosen among several alumni in coaching and current Ivy League athletes to be interviewed for the special feature. Vela and a current Brown soccer player, Kimberley Hagner, were interviewed to compare their experiences growing up in athletics. To read more on Vela's interview for the Ivy League project visit www.ivywomeninsport.com and click on the "Then and Now" option.

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vs. Florida State
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10:30 AM - 
Women's Soccer
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