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Dean named Academic All-District

n The senior defender helped NDSU to a school-record 11 shutouts this season

North Dakota State soccer players Megan Dean and Michelle Gaffaney were named to the Capital One Academic All District 6 First Team announced Friday, Nov. 4. The academic all-district teams were selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association.

Dean, a 2008 Rosemount graduate, was selected to the first team after earning second team honors the last two seasons. A senior defender, she has started all 19 games this season and been a key part in a school-record 11 shutouts. She has a 3.95 GPA in exercise science.

Gaffaney earns her first career academic all-district honor. The senior midfielder has scored four goals this season, including three game-winners. Gaffaney is also heavily involved in Serving for Change, an organization dedicated to social issues locally and globally, and the American Medical Student Association. She has a 3.80 GPA in biological sciences.

Both Dean and Gaffaney advance to the national ballot for the Capital One Academic All-America® soccer team.

To be eligible for ESPN Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must have a 3.30 or better cumulative GPA on a 4-point scale, have sophomore athletic standing, and be a starter or key reserve for their team.

First Team

GK, Natalie Kulla, Marquette, Sr., 3.56, Civil Engineering

M, Dylan Jordan, Mississippi, Sr., 4.0, Exercise Science

M, Kristen Semko, Arkansas Little Rock, Sr., 4.00, Accounting

M, Kate Reigle, Marquette, So., 4.0, Biomedical Science

M, Michelle Gaffaney, North Dakota State, Sr., 3.80, Biological Sciences

D, Megan Dean, North Dakota State, Sr., 3.95, Exercise Science

D, Meghan Flannery, Wisconsin, Sr., 3.93, English

D, Caitlin Leumas, Southern Mississippi, Jr., 4.0, Kinesiotheraphy

D, Kerry McBride, Marquette, Sr., 3.52, Civil Engineering

F, Laurie Nosbusch, Wisconsin, Sr., 4.0, Spanish, Biology

F, Carlie Banks, Louisiana State, Jr., 3.52, Fitness Studies

F, Kailey Anders, Arkansas, Sr., 3.87, Communication Disorders