Two Women's Lacrosse Players Named Academic All-Americans

Monday, June 15, 2009
SNHU Sports Information

MANCHESTER, N.H.Julie Kraus (Derry, N.H.) and Libby Parent (Hinesburg, Vt.), who each wrapped up stellar four-year careers with the Southern New Hampshire University women’s lacrosse program, were each named to the prestigious ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Women’s At-Large team for the College Division on Thursday.  Kraus, who garnered Second Team honors in 2008, was named to the First Team, while Parent was a Third Team selection.  The ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America teams are selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Kraus becomes the first two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American in SNHU history, and just the second SNHU student-athlete to garner First Team accolades.  Former men’s basketball standout Brian Larrabee was a First Team selection in that sport in 2003.  Parent becomes the seventh Southern New Hampshire student-athlete named an Academic All-American, joining Kraus, Larrabee, Judy Crawford (softball, 1986), Warren Lewis (soccer (men’s at-large), 1993), Nick Therrien (ice hockey (men’s at-large), 1998) and Lotta Thunberg (soccer (women’s at-large), 1998).

CoSIDA selects Academic All-America teams in 12 programs, including the Women's At-Large program.  Student-athletes from 13 women's sports are eligible: bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo.  The College Division consists of NCAA Division II and III institutions as well as NAIA institutions.

Julie KrausKraus has been well-recognized for her achievements both on the field and in the classroom.  A three-time SNHU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Kraus, a Business Administration major with a 3.99 grade-point average, was named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Monday.  A two-time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First Team selection, Kraus is also a two-time member of the Northeast-10 All-Academic Team.

On the field, Kraus, who served as a tri-captain this season for the Penmen, garnered IWLCA/US Lacrosse Second Team All-America honors for the second time in her career this season.  She also garnered womenslacrosse.com All-America honors for the second time in her career in 2009, while Kraus was named Northeast-10 All-Conference for the third time in her career and to the First Team for the Second Time.  She was also the NE-10's Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.  A two-time IWLCA All-Region First Team selection, Kraus graduated from SNHU as the program leader in ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls.

Parent, a Marketing major with a 3.95 GPA, is a two-time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District selection and is also a two-timeLibby Parent member of the Northeast-10 All-Academic Team.  She was also named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll along with Kraus last season.

On the field, Parent graduated as SNHU’s all-time leader in goals and points and led the Penmen in scoring as a junior and senior.  A four-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection who earned Second Team honors in 2009, she was also a two-time IWLCA Second Team All-Region choice.  This season, she led Southern New Hampshire with 44 goals and 19 assists for 63 points.  As a junior in 2007-08, Parent was named SNHU’s Female Athlete of the Year.

Over their four seasons, Kraus and Parent led the Penmen to a 43-20 record, including a 25-11 mark over their junior and senior seasons.  Southern New Hampshire made four trips to the Northeast-10 Conference semifinals over their four years, while it reached the NE-10 championship game in both 2008 and 2009.           

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