MACON, Ga. – Sophomore Danielle Hurme was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, while senior Alyssa Welsh joined Hurme on the league’s Academic All-Conference Team, as announced by the conference on Wednesday afternoon.
Hurme was a unanimous selection to the Academic All-Conference Team, and earned the league’s top academic honor after holding a 4.0 cumulative GPA while majoring in accounting at Stetson. The sophomore has played in 15 matches, starting six for the Hatters. Primarily a defender, Hurme has scored two goals and recorded one assist out of the back in 2013. She was also named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season.
“Obviously any time your players receive recognition from the conference, as a coach you are proud and happy for them,” Stetson head coach Manoj Khettry said. “In Dani’s case, she has been in and out of the starting lineup all year and has done very well in dealing with that. She has scored a couple of very important goals in conference and garnered an important game-winning assist. Her perseverance has been well rewarded by this tremendous honor. For Dani to have a 4.0 GPA in her sophomore year in a very demanding academic program like Accounting at Stetson speaks to her intellectual diligence and discipline as a student-athlete. I’m very happy for her.”
Welsh, meanwhile, will finish her career with Academic All-Conference Team honors in only the second year of existence for the award. The senior has had another stellar year, leading the Hatters in scoring with four goals and two assists for 10 total points. She is the active leader on the Stetson team for goals and points, with 15 and 38, respectively.
“Alyssa has been a well-known player for us in the conference,” Khettry said. “She is a quality attacker and is playing well, but I’m really happy that she is getting recognition for what she has done over a four-year period in the classroom. We ask the players all the time, ‘What’s more important than school?’ I hope our younger players take notice of these two awards because obviously both Dani and Alyssa understand that while we want to be successful on the field, we want to mirror that success as students in the classroom. We nominated a number of players, which is a nice luxury to have, and speaks to our team’s commitment to academics. I hope we can continue to place players on this very prestigious team in the future.”
Stetson, which earned a berth to the A-Sun Championship for the first time since 2010, will be the fifth seed in the conference tournament. The Hatters play at fourth seeded Mercer in Macon, Ga. On Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m.