Nov. 1, 2012
Albuquerque, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's soccer team had four players named to the Capital One Academic All-District VI team on Thursday, including defender Liz Nare, who was a First Team selection. Nare was joined by Kelli Cornell, Brooke Ellison, and Brianna Webster, who were all named to the Second Team.
The Academic All-District ® teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have appeared in at least half a teams' contests and maintain at least a 3.30 grade point average. First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
The four players combined with three on the men's side to give New Mexico an incredible seven players named to the Academic All-District teams in the two sports. Last year for a department, the Lobos totaled eight All-District picks, and in 2009-10, the Lobos picked up a school record 11 All-District selections.
Nare was a two-time Mountain West Player of the Week during the season, and she, Ellison, and Cornell were big factors in UNM's school record shutout streak of five consecutive matches during the season. Cornell has twice won the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year Award, and holds several UNM career marks, including wins, shutouts, goals against average, games played, and games started.
Webster, a midfielder, has been involved in both the offense and the defense, and it was her opening goal against SMU that kicked-off a torrid midseason stretch for UNM where it went on an 8-1-0 stretch.
New Mexico, the No. 2 seed in the Mountain West Tournament, will take on No. 6 Nevada at 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday in the semifinals of the conference tournament.