ALBANY, N.Y. – UAlbany field hockey player Paula Heuser has been honored as a 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Women's At-Large Second Team member, the organization announced on Thursday.
Heuser is one of five field hockey players across Division I to be Academic All-Americans, and tied for the highest placement on the second team. She also earned a second team All-America selection in 2015-16.
With her second honor, she becomes the first-ever UAlbany female student-athlete to be a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. She is the first UAlbany student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors twice since men's soccer player Stephan Hall was in 2005 and 2006.
Heuser graduated in the spring with a 3.87 GPA in business administration, being named a 2016-17 America East Presidential Spring Scholar-Athlete. She was also the 2016 America East Scholar-Athlete for field hockey and is a member of the NFHCA National Academic Squad.
On the field, Heuser was a finalist for the 2016 Honda Award and an NFHCA First Team All-American, finishing in the top-20 in NCAA Division I in points, goals and assists per game. She earned 17 goals and 13 assists for UAlbany on the season.
Last month, Heuser was voted as a CoSIDA Academic All-District I At-Large Team member. The CoSIDA at-large category includes beach volleyball, bowling, crew/rowing, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo and men's wrestling.