PHILADELPHIA - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) have announced their ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams in the sport of women's soccer, and Penn senior midfielder Sarah Friedman was named to the first team in District 2. With that honor, she now goes on the national ballot for Academic All-America.
This is Friedman's first CoSIDA honor, and she is just the third player in program history to be recognized by the organization as Academic All-District. The other honorees were Katy Cross (2002-04) and Natalie Capuano (2008).
Friedman has had another stellar campaign in leading Penn to this Saturday's Ivy League championship match against Princeton. She is tied for the team lead with 12 points and is tops among all Ivy League players with eight overall assists. Friedman is the program's all-time leader in assists, with 30. She has received All-Ivy each of her first three seasons, including first-team honors as a sophomore in 2008 when she shattered the school's single-season mark for assists with 15.
Friedman and her teammates will play Princeton Saturday to determine the Ivy title at 4 p.m. at the Tigers' Roberts Stadium. A Penn win or a tie will give the Quakers their second Ivy championship in four seasons as well as the conference's automatic NCAA Championship bid. A Princeton win will give the crown and the bid to the Tigers.
The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Soccer Teams will be announced later this month.