Four Broncos Honored by WCC for Work in the Classroom

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Continuing its excellence on and off the field, No. 18 Santa Clara women's soccer had four players honored by the West Coast Conference on Friday for their academic performance. Junior Ellie Rice was named to the WCC All-Academic Team while Olivia Klei, Cali Reis and Paige Robertson were honorable mention.

"I'm very happy for Ellie, Cali, Paige and Olivia for being recognized for what they do in the classroom," said Santa Clara head coach Jerry Smith. "All four represent the true sense of being a student-athlete. I can say for sure that all four of those individuals are very hard working, very focused, very determined and have a thirst for knowledge on the field and in the classroom. In the true spirit of what we're trying to do at Santa Clara, congratulations to all of them."

Rice, a Psychology major, has a cumulative GPA of 3.51. She has appeared in 18 games so far this season for the Broncos while playing in the backfield.

Klei has a 3.46 GPA as a Marketing major in the Leavey School of Business. She has started all but one game in 2012 while scoring three goals, including the first goal of the season at No. 1 Stanford, and adding three assists.

Reis is majoring in Psychology and has a 3.40 GPA. She has appeared in 13 games while attempting five shots and one shot on goal.

Robertson is studying Accounting and has a GPA of 3.65. She has found the back of the net twice this season in 12 games played. 

2012 WEST COAST CONFERENCE WOMEN'S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

Name School Class GPA Major
Sarah Bridges Portland Jr. 3.87 Political Science
Emma Dolcetti Gonzaga Sr. 3.37 Psychology
Carlee Payne Holmoe BYU Sr. 3.53 Public Health
Kendall Johnson Portland Jr. 3.82 Communication
Mackenzie Krieser USF So. 3.61 Exercise Sports Science
Jaciara Mello USF So. 3.88 Architecture
Erica Owens BYU Jr. 3.59 Exercise & Wellness
Ana Pontes Pepperdine Sr. 3.72 Sports Medicine
Ellie Rice Santa Clara Jr. 3.51 Psychology
Whitney Sharpe LMU RS-Sr. 3.68 History
Caitlin Williams San Diego Sr. 3.89 Accounting

2012 WCC WOMEN'S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC HONORABLE MENTION
Lauren AbuAli (San Francisco); Ashley Bazzarone (BYU); Jenni Benger (Loyola Marymount); Taylor Brooke (Portland); Kaila Cameli (Portland); Micaela Capelle (Portland); Dana Oldroyd Cusick (BYU); Michelle Cruz (Portland); Erin Dees (Portland); Kristin DeGrandmont (Pepperdine); Emily Eckmann (Gonzaga); Sierra Ferreira (San Diego); Mariah Hobbs (San Diego); Allyson Holtz (Pepperdine); Taylor Housley (San Diego); Olivia Klei (Santa Clara); Caroline Kreuz (Saint Mary's); Amanda LeCave (Pepperdine); Tori Lee (Gonzaga); Melinda Madden (Saint Mary's); Morgan Manchester (Gonzaga); Layla Martin (San Francisco); Tawni Martino (Loyola Marymount); Cori McGovern (Loyola Marymount); Ellen Parker (Portland); Callie Payetta (Pepperdine); Katey Pennington (Gonzaga); Abigail Phillips (San Francisco); Darien Pyka (Loyola Marymount); Cali Reis (Santa Clara); Paige Robertson (Santa Clara); Olivia Schultz (San Diego); Emily Sippel (Portland)