BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo women's soccer team saw seven student-athletes named to the Academic All-MAC team on Thursday morning, as announced by the conference office. Julia Benati, Carissima Cutrona and Laura Dougall earned the nod for the third straight season while Meghan Simmons was named to the team for the second time. Gurjeena Jandu, Mairead Martin and Adrianna VanCuyck earned the recognition for the first time in their UB careers.
Sophomore Adrianna VanCuyck was one of just 17 student-athletes to achieve a perfect 4.0 GPA. The business administration major was able to produce her best season on the pitch as a sophomore as she earned 17 starts at center back for the Bulls. She appeared in a career-best 1,582 minutes while leading the Buffalo defense to six shutouts.
Benati, an exercise science major with a 3.99 GPA, earned the recognition for the third straight season after wrapping up her impressive UB career with her best offensive season of her career. The team captain tied for the team-lead with a career-high seven goals, four assists and 18 points while notching 63 shots. The Dorchester, Ontario native started all 19 matches for the Bulls and was able to earn First Team All-MAC honors while netting 11 points in her final eight matches as a Bull. She closes out her UB career ranked 12th all-time in assists (13), 14th in points (49) and 15th in goals (15).
Cutrona, a psychology major with a 3.91 GPA, earn Academic All-MAC honors for the third straight season after wrapping up her junior campaign tied for the team lead with seven goals, four assists and 18 points while leading the Bulls with 66 shots. The shifty forward was able to lead UB with three game-winning goals while starting all 19 matches up front. The team captain currently ranks 11th in program history in goals (20) and 13th in points (50).
A psychology major with a 3.40 GPA, Dougall earned Academic All-MAC honors for the third straight season after another strong season between the pipes for the Bulls. On the season, Dougall produced a 7-9-3 record to go along with a 1.26 goals-against average, a .792 save percentage and six shutouts. The Pickering, Ontario native closed out her illustrious UB career as the best keeper in program history, owning program records for minutes played (7,402), wins (39), shutouts (33) and save percentage (0.83).
Simmons, an exercise science major with a 3.35 GPA, earned the Academic All-MAC nod for the second straight season after appearing in all 19 matches and earning 15 starts on the back line for the Bulls. The steady defensive presence helped the Bulls secure six clean sheets while playing in a career-high 1216 minutes.
Martin, a biomedical sciences major with a 3.56 GPA, was named to the team for the first time as a sophomore. The role player appeared in 15 matches for the Bulls all over the field and saw action in a career-high 471 minutes.
An exercise science major with a 3.68 GPA, Jandu earned Academic All-MAC status for the first time as a Bull after turning into one of the premier defenders in the conference as a sophomore. Jandu earned First Team All-MAC honors following a season that saw her start all 19 matches at center back. The gritty defender played a team-high 1,759 minutes while producing a career-high four points with a goal and two assists. Jandu was a cornerstone of a Buffalo defense that notched six clean sheets in 2017.
The Bulls have now earned 29 Academic All-MAC honorees over the past four seasons under head coach Shawn Burke, a program record.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.