by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's soccer team landed nine on the Peach Belt Conference's (PBC) All-Academic Teams, more than any other PBC school, as announced by the conference Nov. 24.
The teams were voted on by sports information directors throughout the conference. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must participate in at least half of her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor, achieve a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and completed at least one full academic year at her current institution.
Georgia College had three first team picks, also more than any other PBC team this year. Juniors Jessica Binkowski (Cumming, Ga.) and Ally Treat (Fayetteville, Ga.) earned their first team slots with impressive 3.94 and 3.86 GPAs respectively, while senior Jamie Nevin (Grovetown, Ga.) clenched her spot with a 3.93. This is Treat and Nevin's second-consecutive first team honor. This is Binkowski's second conference All-Academic honor; she was a second team selection last year.
Senior mass communication major Lyric Burnett (Douglasville, Ga.) and junior business major Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) represented the Bobcats on the All-Academic Second Team. This was the second such honor for both Burnett (3.57 GPA) and Plunkett (3.59).
Seniors Morgan Cobb (Cataula, Ga.) and Kara Teresi (Tampa, Fla.) along with junior Jessica Newland (Hiram, Ga.) and sophomore Megan McAlpin (Newnan, Ga.) hold down the third team for the ‘Cats. Again, the Bobcats have more players on this team than the other schools. This marks the first such honor for all four of Georgia College's All-Academic Third Team selections.
Georgia College had more representation in the All-Academic teams with nine than any other PBC opponents. Columbus State University had seven players chosen, while Armstrong Atlantic State University had six named to the four teams. The nine matched the number on these team's last year for Bobcat soccer.
Despite a difficult schedule, this was the third-straight double-digit win season for the Bobcats. Georgia College continues to be one of the top teams in the Peach Belt, suffering just one loss in PBC play, and landing six players to the All-PBC teams this season, more than any other school.
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