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Baskins, Chaney, Cicerone and Watson Named Academic All-MAC

Courtesy: Adam Bodnar, assistant director of media relations
Release: 12/17/2012
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CLEVELAND -- Kelsey Baskins, Rachel Chaney, Anina Cicerone and Michelle Watson have been named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team as released by the MAC office on Monday.

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

Baskins, who holds the team’s highest GPA at 3.98 in accountancy, receives the honors for the second straight year. The Novi, Mich., native was also named COSIDA Second Team Academic All-District IV as well. Baskins started 14-of-18 games this season and helped the Bronco back line to the second lowest goals against average at 0.99, including four shutouts.

Chaney, who earns the honors for the first time in her career as a sophomore, led the team in goals, assists and points with 10 points on four goals and two assists. She appeared in all 18 games and started in 17, playing in 1,345 minutes. Chaney, a native of Shelby Township, Mich., holds a 3.88 GPA in exercise science.

Cicerone, who was also named COSIDA Second Team Academic All-District IV, carries a 3.93 GPA in biomedical sciences. The senior midfielder started in all 18 games and played 1,398 minutes this season. Cicerone, who earns this honor for the second-straight season, tied for the team lead with 47 shots.

Like Baskins and Cicerone, Watson also makes the Academic All-MAC team for the second straight season. The Bronco goalkeeper started in all 18 games and played all 1,718 minutes possible on the season. Watson made 60 saves on the year and posted four shutouts. Watson now has 16 career shutouts, just four shy of tying the program record. The Cincinnati, Ohio native holds a 3.83 GPA in interdisciplinary health studies.

This is the second straight season the Broncos have had at least four student-athletes named to the Academic All-MAC team and the fifth time in program history.