Dec. 4, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Sixty-six Michigan State student-athletes in seven sports were named Academic All-Big Ten for the fall athletic season, including 10 field hockey players, as announced by the Big Ten office Wednesday. The men's cross country team had seven honorees, the women's cross country had 11, the football team had 11, the men's soccer team had seven honorees and the MSU women's soccer team had 15 players honored. The Spartan volleyball team rounded out the fall lineup with five honorees.
The 10 field hockey players honored were a team-record, breaking the previous mark of nine set in 2006. Under head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof, the Spartans have had 27 players honored by the conference in three years. Seniors Michelle Ciliberti, Geraldine Raynor and Gwen Riley led the team, receiving All-Big Ten Honors for the third-straight year.
In all, the Big Ten recognized 680 student-athletes for their success in the classroom. To be nominated for Academic All-Big Ten consideration, a student-athletes must earn a varsity letter, be in at least their second academic year at a Big Ten institution and carry at least a 3.0 GPA.
2008 Academic All-Big Ten Field Hockey
Michelle Ciliberti, RSSR, Human Biology - Louisville, Ky.
Jeamie Deacon, JR, Civil Engineering - Wexford, Ireland
Amanda Huck, SO, Pre-Med - Emmaus, Pa.
Angie Lucik, RSFR, Human Biology - Emmaus, Pa.
Julie Mackay, SO, Undeclared - Houston, Texas
Geraldine Raynor, SR, Hospitality Business - Marondera, Zimbabwe
Floor Rijpma, JR, Hospitality Business - Bunnik, Netherlands
Gwen Riley, SR, Hospitality Business - Louisville, Ky.
Jantine Steinmetz, SO, Advertising - Amstelveen, Netherlands
Elissa Unger, JR, Hospitality Business - Reading, Pa.