Six Women's Soccer Waves Earn WCC All-Academic Honors
Laura Cole and Karissa Garica were named to the first team.
Nov. 9, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - Six Waves women's soccer student-athletes were recognized by the West Coast Conference for their success in the classroom as well as on the pitch. Seniors Laura Cole and Karissa Garcia were named to the All-Academic first team and senior Myriah Stockman, juniors Callie Payetta and Ana Pontes and sophomore Kristin DeGrandmont earned honorable mention accolades.
To be considered for the honor, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to her team. The all-academic squad is selected by the WCC.
Cole (Whittier, Calif./La Habra HS) has a 3.52 GPA as a liberal arts major. She was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District first team and is up for Academic All-America accolades. She earned WCC All-Academic first team honors last season and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District second team in 2010. Cole is a three-time WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. On the field, Cole has seven goals so far this season and was named to the All-WCC first team.
Garcia (Roseville, Calif./Oakmont HS) boasts a 3.95 GPA in business administration. She joined Cole on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District first team and is also up for Academic All-America honors. In 2010 she was named WCC All-Academic honorable mention and was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar for the second-straight year. Garcia is also a three-time WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honoree. The senior has started all 20 games for the Waves this year and has netted three goals. She was named All-WCC honorable mention.
Stockman (Sandy, Utah/Brighton HS), a sports medicine major, was named honorable mention for the second-straight year. She is a three-time WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" selection.
This is the second-straight season that Pontes (Houston, Texas/Clear Lake HS), a sports medicine major, has been named to the second team. She is a two-time WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll selection and was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar in 2010.
Payetta (Huntington Beach, Calif./Huntington Beach HS) is an honorable mention selection for the second-straight season. She was an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar as a sophomore in 2010 and has been a WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "bronze" selection for two-straight seasons as a rhetoric and leadership major.
DeGrandmont (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) is earning her first All-Academic selection as a pre-business administration major. The sophomore was named the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll as a freshman.
All six student-athletes played big roles in the Waves' success on the field this season. The WCC champion squad will take to the pitch on Saturday (Nov. 12) in a first-round NCAA Tournament game, as it hosts Long Beach State at 1:30 p.m. PT.