Bucko, Boris, Whitley Named 2012 Capital One Academic All-Americans in Softball
For Immediate Release
May 30, 2012
South Easton, Mass. – The Northeast-10 Conference had one player recognized on each of the three 2012 Capital One Academic All-American Softball Teams, it was announced last week.
Northeast-10 Player of the Year Brittany Bucko (pictured) of Southern Connecticut State University was named to the First Team after helping lead the Owls to the College World Series this spring. Bucko, a junior, hit .394 with 19 home runs and 38 RBI this season and also scored 69 runs, stole 17 bases, slugged .772, and got on base at a .466 clip.
A native of Wallington, N.J., Bucko was also named the Daktronics East Region Player of the Year and has a 3.50 grade point average as an exercise science major.
Senior Elyssa Boris from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, which reached the NCAA Tournament, was named to the Second Team after hitting .391 with eight home runs and 44 RBI. A Northeast-10 First Team selection, Boris was also stellar on the mound for the River Hawks, compiling a 20-9 record with a 3.12 ERA in 195.1 innings.
Boris is an exercise physiology major with a 3.41 GPA. She is from Gardner, Mass.
So. Connecticut junior Kristin Whitley was named to the Third Team after hitting .380 with three homers and 38 RBI. She also scored 47 runs and had a team-high 20 doubles.
Whitley, a North Andover, Mass. native, is a nursing major with a 3.86 GPA.
To be eligible for the voting process, which is carried out by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his or her current institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director.
The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 5,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.