Brandes Becomes Program's First Academic All-American
Eileen Brandes

June 7, 2012

Michigan's Academic All-Americans

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan field hockey fifth-year senior Eileen Brandes (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) was named a 2012 Capital One Academic All-America third team member Thursday afternoon (June 7), as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Brandes becomes Michigan field hockey's first Academic All-America honoree and U-M's 12th Women's At-Large All-American. She also is Michigan's second Academic All-America this academic year. Zach Novak earned third-team honors in men's basketball.

Brandes, who graduated from U-M in December of 2011 with a degree in biology and a minor in French, is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a two-time Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient. She also was a four-time selection to the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and earned the U-M Athletic Academic Achievement award three times. Brandes earned high honors on her biology thesis last December.

Brandes started all 22 games in 2011 as U-M claimed the Big Ten regular-season title outright and reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. The co-captain helped the Wolverine defense to six shutouts on the year.

Brandes scored her first career goal in a 5-4 win over New Hampshire in the NCAA Tournament first round on Nov. 12. She also had a pair of assists in the 4-2 win over Indiana, helping Michigan clinch the Big Ten regular-season title. In her Michigan career, Brandes played in 70 games and had a goal and 10 assists with a defensive save.

The Falmouth, Maine, native was one of two field hockey players on the Academic All-America teams as Penn State's Kelsey Amy was a third-team selection. Brandes also is one of three student-athletes from the Big Ten to earn Academic All-America honors. Ohio State rower Ulrike Denker was a second-team selection.

To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his current institution. A student-athlete must also have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games, completed one full calendar year at his current institution, and reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

Athletes from the following women's sports may be nominated for the at-large team: bowling, rowing, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.

Michigan ended the 2011 season with a 15-7 overall record and a 5-1 record in Big Ten play, winning the outright regular-season title. The Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in school history, defeating No. 9 New Hampshire, 5-4, before falling to No. 1 North Carolina, 5-1.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423