TOWSON, Md. - On Wednesday, Ohio Dominican junior defender Shara Perry (Hilliard, OH) was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Second Team, as voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
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Perry not only fortified a Panther backfield that ranked 25th nationally in shutout percentage (0.526), 33rd in goals against average (0.753) and second in several GLIAC defensive categories, but has also achieved a 4.0 cumulative GPA while studying biology/exercise science. She is just one of three conference players, men or women, to receive Academic All-America distinction, as well as the first ODU student-athlete to earn the honor at the Division II level.
"I am just extremely proud of Shara," stated head coach Jonathan Meade. "This is not only a great accomplishment for her and the soccer program, but for the university as well. Shara is one of the hardest workers I have ever seen and she prides herself on being the best on both the field and in the classroom.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
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