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Rogers and Murnane Earn Academic All-MAC Honors

Ohio's Cathryn Rogers

Dec. 17, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio - Cathryn Rogers and Maggie Murnane have been named to the 2012 Soccer Academic All-MAC Team, the Mid-American Conference announced on Monday. These two student-athletes weren't the only Bobcats honored by the league office, as six others also earned `Honorable Mention' nods.

In addition to Rogers (Etobicoke, Ontario) and Murnane (Libertyville, Ill.) earning spots on the Academic All-MAC Team, Annie Beard (Mason, Ohio), Gabby Hausfeld (Cincinnati, Ohio), Paige Howard (Mentor, Ohio), Veronica Rock (North Royalton, Ohio), Erin Schwenke (Solon, Ohio), and Nicolle Varney (Medina, Ohio) were all honored as Honorable Mentions.

Ohio's soccer program is no stranger to academic success, as just one month ago it earned NSCAA team honors for having a 3.43 GPA during the 2011-12 academic year.

For more information about Ohio's most recent academic award winners, please see below:

Cathryn Rogers | Senior | 3.766 GPA | Sociology-Criminology
Cathryn had a tremendous senior season for the Bobcats, leading the team in goals (7), assists (4), points (18), shots (49), and shots on goal (21). The Second Team All-MAC honoree scored 41 percent of Ohio's goals during the 2012 season and had a knack for scoring in the clutch, as four of her tallies were game winners. An incredibly dependable player, Rogers started all 19 of Ohio's games in 2012 and ranked sixth on the team in minutes played with 1,346. Rogers was named the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Week on September 10.

Maggie Murnane | Junior | 3.925 GPA | Pre-Exercise Physiology
Maggie had a very strong season for the Bobcats in 2012, starting all 19 games and playing 1,251 minutes. The junior was an offensive threat right from the start, ranking third on the team in goals (2) and points (6) while tying for fifth in assists (2). Murnane recorded 31 shots on the season, 12 of which found their way on target. The junior scored the game-winning goal in Ohio's victory over Youngstown State on September 14 and played with great discipline throughout the season, not earning a single yellow or red card.

Annie Beard | Sophomore | 3.760 GPA | Pre-Journalism
Annie Beard was a reliable contributor to Ohio Soccer in 2012, appearing in 12 of the Bobcats' 19 matches and making two starts. The sophomore proved especially dangerous on set pieces, providing substantial height for the Bobcats in opposing teams' penalty areas. Beard dished out three assists in her 12 games this season, tying for second on the team in this category. Annie registered three total shots throughout the year, two of which were on target.

Gabby Hausfeld | Sophomore | 3.399 | Biological Sciences (Psychology minor)
A solid fixture on an Ohio defensive unit which allowed just 1.21 goals per game (5th in the Mid-American Conference), Gabby Hausfeld started all 19 games of the 2012 season and logged 1,592 minutes in the process. The sophomore played well beyond her years on the back line, working admirably with two senior defensive teammates and one freshman. Gabby was not afraid to take the initiative on the offensive end, as she recorded 10 total shots (one on target) throughout the season.

Paige Howard | Senior | 3.426 | Marketing and Management Information Systems
An absolute rock on Ohio's defense, Paige Howard was a very dependable player for the Bobcats both throughout her career and as a senior. Howard started all 19 games of the 2012 season and ranked second in minutes played, with 1,658. Paige was the captain of a defense which ranked fifth in the MAC in terms of goals allowed per game, coming in at a mere 1.21. Howard showed great character and toughness during her senior season, coming back from a severe facial injury suffered late in the 2011 campaign which very well could have ended her career. She was known both for her toughness and restraint, as she did not earn a single yellow or red card all season.

Veronica Rock | Senior | 3.598 GPA | Nursing
An outstanding senior leader, Veronica Rock was a versatile player who made the transition from forward to defense during her final season with the Bobcats. Rock scored one goal and tied for second on the team with three assists. The senior recorded 14 total shots throughout the season, four of which found their way on target. Very dependable throughout her entire career, Rock appeared in all 19 games of the 2012 season, starting 14 of them and playing 991 minutes.

Erin Schwenke | Senior | 3.350 | Exercise Physiology
Erin was a solid contributor to Ohio's offense in 2012, scoring one goal and adding one assist in 17 games played (16 starts). The senior logged 1,244 minutes for the Bobcats and scored her goal at a very critical time, netting the game winner in Ohio's Mid-American Conference victory at Bowling Green. Schwenke finished the season with 19 shots, eight of which were on target.

Nicolle Varney | Sophomore | 3.928 GPA | Early Childhood Education
Nicolle played in 11 of Ohio's 19 games during the 2012 season, earning four starts. The sophomore defender was on the field for 473 minutes for Ohio's defense, helping strengthen a unit which allowed just 1.21 goals per game, a mark which ranked fifth in the Mid-American Conference. Varney registered one shot during the season.

For a full list of MAC winners, please click here.