CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - University of North Carolina senior midfielder Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.) continued to add to her list of post-season accolades on Thursday as she was named to the first-team 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Women's Soccer Team for NCAA Division I.
Brooks becomes the 23rd selection in Tar Heel women's soccer history to attain Academic All-America status. The Capital One program is overseen and voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Brooks is a four-year starter in the midfield for Coach Anson Dorrance's team which will begin play in the 2012 NCAA College Cup on Friday with an 11 p.m. EST semifinal match against Stanford. A three-time All-ACC selection (including two first-team nods), Brooks has a 3.81 cumulative grade point average with a major in communication studies. On Wednesday, she was named the National Player of the 2012 Season by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
This marks the second selection for Brooks on the Capital One Academic All-America Team. In 2011, she was chosen for the second team. First, second and third teams of 11 players each are chosen each year.Since 2005, Carolina has had 16 selections to the Capital One Academic All-America Teams. The first-team selections have included Heather O'Reilly in 2006, Kristi Eveland and Yael Averbuch in 2008, Kristi Eveland in 2009, Adelaide Gay in 2011 and Amber Brooks in 2012.