Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania women’s soccer player Katy Cross was named to the Academic All-District II First Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) this morning. Cross will now advance to the national ballot for Academic All-American consideration.
Cross, a psychology major, was named to the first-team for the third-consecutive season. Last year, the senior was named Academic All-American to become the program’s first such honoree. The Claremont, Calif. native has had an outstanding career for the Red and Blue, picking up numerous accolades along the way. She holds eight different Penn scoring records, was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Ivy League Player of the Year, garnered NSCAA/adidas All-America status and was chosen for both SoccerBuzz.com and NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic first team awards.
In her final season, Cross leads the Quakers with 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points, 14 of those points have come in her last four games. She currently stands 24th in the nation in points per game (1.94) and is second in the Ivy League in scoring.
CoSIDA's District II covers Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. She must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at the institution and must have completed at least one full academic year at the institution. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools who are named to district teams prior to being voted upon on the national level. CoSIDA has been selecting Academic All-America teams since 1952.
The Quakers, who are 9-5-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the Ivy League, conclude the 2004 season at No. 9 Princeton on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7.p.m.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.