15 CMU soccer players named to Academic All-MAC Team

Sophomore forward Alexis Pelafas, middle, celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal during the game against the University at Buffalo on Oct. 30 at the Soccer / Lacrosse Complex.

There are 124 women soccer players from the Mid-American Conference who made the 2016 Academic All-MAC Team. Fifteen of those are from Central Michigan — the most in the MAC. 

To qualify, athletes must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and played in at least half of the games during the season.

Savannah Beetcher, Mary Carlson, Christen Chiesa, Madison Costner, Kaylin Hoomaian, Kristen Knutson, Shannon Magnan, Samantha Maher, McKay Matheson, Madison Pogarch, Taylor Potts, Jamie Rademacher, Lauren Sherry, Meghan Sweeney and Eliza Van de Kerkhove are the 15 Chippewas that made the Academic All-MAC team in 2016.

Chiesa is one of 12 players from the conference who made the team with a 4.0 grade point average. This also marks the third straight year Chiesa, Hoomaian and Van de Kerkhove were awarded the academic honor. It's the second straight year Beetcher, Matheson and Sherry made it.

Chiesa also took home CMU's 2016 Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the football team's final home game Tuesday against the Ohio Bobcats. This award is given to a student-athlete who has at least a 3.2 GPA, has performed with distinction in their sport and is considered a team leader. 

Freshmen are not eligible to be selected to the team, but five sophomores, four juniors and six seniors made up the 15 Chippewas on this year's team.