Brooks Wins ACC Scholar-Athlete of Year
GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina senior midfielder Amber Brooks has been named the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and heads up the sport's All-ACC Academic Team, as announced Friday by Commissioner John Swofford. Brooks is the fourth Tar Heel in the last six years to win the award, joining Yael Averbuch in 2007 and 2008 and Whitney Engen in 2009.
Brooks was one of four Tar Heels named to the All-ACC Academic Team, the same number of as were named last year. Joining Brooks on the All-ACC Academic Team are senior goalkeeper Adelaide Gay, junior midfielder Kelly McFarlane and junior forward Kealia Ohai.
Brooks, a communication studies major with a 3.821 career grade point average, is a two-time Academic All-America, and a three-time All-ACC selection. She earned NSCAA All-America Third Team honors following the 2012 season as she was third on the Tar Heels' NCAA championship squad with 20 points on seven goals and six assists, while starting in all 23 games at midfield. She was Top Drawer Soccer's National Player of the Year in 2012.
Brooks is also a four-time ACC All-Academic Team selection. Kealia Ohai was named to the team for the third straight year and Adelaide Gay was tapped for the team for the second year in a row.
All 11 schools that compete in women's soccer are represented on this year's All-ACC Academic Team, which includes six student-athletes that earned NSCAA All-America honors in 2012. Seven members of the ACC All-Academic Team were named to either 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Team or a NSCAA Scholar All-America Team. The ACC All-Academic Team also includes 15 players that were named to the first- or second All-ACC team and six members of the ACC All-Freshman team.
UNC Player Selections Class School Major
Amber Brooks Sr. North Carolina Communication Studies
Adelaide Gay R-Sr. North Carolina Business Administration
Kelly McFarlane Jr. North Carolina Pharmacy
Kealia Ohai Jr. North Carolina Journalism and Mass Communication