RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College junior Alysia Arcona (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) and senior Jenn Hesse (Lincoln Park, N.J./Boonton) have been voted to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women's Soccer second team, as coordinated and selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Arcona and Hesse are the sixth and seventh Academic All-Americans in the 17-year history of Felician athletics, and the first two in women's soccer. They are the only two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) student-athletes among this year's set of honorees in the sport.
"I'm extremely proud of both Alysia and Jenn," said fifth-year Felician head coach Thomas Notte. "Just to play a sport and compete in college is an accomplishment, but to play at the level they both do, while at the same time excelling academically, is a tremendous achievement."
A complete list of Felician's Academic-All Americans and Academic All-District honorees can be viewed at http://www.felicianathletics.com/information/Ac-A-A.
Arcona carries a 3.95 grade-point average as a double-major in elementary education and English. A 5-foot-8 forward, she started all 17 games for Felician (7-9-1 overall, 5-6-1 CACC) in 2012. She led the Golden Falcons in scoring with 27 points on 12 goals and three assists, and was elected to the All-CACC team for the second time. She now ranks among top ten in Felician history in both career goals (20) and assists (17). Arcona is a 2010 graduate of Hackettstown High.
"Alysia possesses a maturity beyond her years," Notte said. "It was exciting to watch her enjoy a breakout goal-scoring season."
Hesse is a 2009 graduate of Boonton High. A 5-foot-5 defender, she registered one goal in 14 starts this season while helping Felician to a 1.60 team goals-against average and three shutout victories. She owns a 3.97 GPA while majoring in criminal justice. Arcona and Hesse led the Golden Falcons to their fifth consecutive trip to the CACC quarterfinals.
"For four years Jenn has been one of our most responsible players," Notte said. "She is a great role model for her younger teammates."
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America® honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports
The entire set of 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Women's Soccer teams can be viewed at http://www.cosida.com/media/documents/2012/11/2012AAASoccerTeamD2.pdf (page 6).