Jan. 10, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Mid-American Conference announced its All-Academic women's soccer team Jan. 9 and three Huskies were named to the honorable mention list. Senior Kelsey Passaglia and juniors Lauren Eberts and Shelbi Johnson received the distinction, as voted by Faculty Athletic Representatives across MAC institutions.
"We're very proud of the accomplishments of Kelsey, Lauren and Shelbi over the past few years on and off the field. Their work ethic epitomizes many of the core values we view highly with the NIU soccer program," stated interim head coach Jason Burr. "We're happy they have been recognized for their dedication to academic and athletic excellence within our conference and appreciate their effort to achieve such a difficult accomplishment."
The lone senior, Passaglia, ended her senior season with two assists and a career point total of 22 (eight goalm six assists). With one semester left in school, Passaglia will earn degrees in Exercise Science and Public Health, along with a minor in teaching at the end of school year. Passaglia owns a 3.382 grade point average.
Eberts, a native of Pickerington, Ohio, was one of the Huskies top-defenders at center back in 2011, aiding in three Northern Illinois shutouts. She also added a goal to her stats, the game winner against Buffalo Oct. 7. Eberts owns the top-GPA for NIU women's soccer with a mark of 3.723. The junior is majoring in Public Health and minoring in Spanish.
The native of Boilingbrook, Ill., Johnson, finished the season with one assist from the left back position on the NIU defense. She also aided in all three of the Huskies shutouts last season. The junior is currently working towards her degree in health sciences and sports a 3.565 grade point average.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.