Four Big Ten Student-Athletes Named to NSCAA/NCAA All-America Teams

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The 2013 NSCAA/NCAA Division I Women's All-America Teams were announced, with four Big Ten women's soccer players earning accolades. Michigan's Nkem Ezurike received a first-team nod, while Nebraska's Ari Romero, Michigan's Meghan Toohey and Penn State's Maya Hayes were second-team All-Americans.

Romero started all 23 games and helped the Cornhuskers claim the Big Ten Championship and the Big Ten Tournament title. She was named the Defensive Player of the Tournament and was selected to the All-Tournament Team. The Big Ten Defender of the Year helped Nebraska finish its season with a 19-4-1 record.

Ezurike ranked third in the Big Ten with 38 points, including a team-high 14 goals and 10 assists, and was a first-team All-Big Ten choice. Toohey scored six goals and added four assists, earning All-Big Ten first team plaudits. The Wolverines reached the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament and finished with an 18-4-1 mark.

Hayes, a first-team All-Big Ten selection, earned All-America honors for the third time in her career. She ranked second in the Big Ten after concluding the season with 19 goals and six assists. She helped the Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in goals (60), assists (55), shots (419) and points (175). Penn State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished its season with a 15-7-1 mark.


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