Katy Cross Named ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete

Philadelphia – Even with her Penn women’s soccer career behind her, former student-athlete Katy Cross C’05 has earned one more major award. She has been named as one of six 2004-05 ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award winners.

Sponsored by Robbins Sports Surfaces, a Cincinnati-based sports surfaces company, the awards honor the outstanding academic and athletic achievements of student-athletes representing ECAC schools in Divisions I, II and III. One male and one female athlete from each division have been selected. The recipients will be honored during the ECAC Convention at the Honors Dinner presented by Jostens on Sept. 25. Votes are based on extraordinary achievements in academics, athletics and community service.

Cross qualified as a finalist for the Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award by winning the Robbins Scholar-Athlete Institutional Award, which recognized the achievements of two student-athletes from each member institution. Individual winners of that honor were considered for the Scholar-Athlete Award.

Cross, a four-time first-team All-Ivy League honoree in women's soccer, was named the 2004 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year for women's soccer. In her senior year, she compiled 12 goals and seven assists en route to becoming a unanimous first-team All-Ivy pick. She holds eight Penn records including career goals (50), career assists (25) and career points (125). She is a two-time All-American, a two-time Academic All-American and never missed a single game in her Penn career.

Cross was a volunteer in Penn's cognitive neuroscience lab, which included 10 hours per week throughout the entire school year. She has served as a tutor and volunteered at a youth soccer clinic in West Philadelphia. Cross graduated last spring with a 3.95 cumulative grade point average with a degree in Psychology.

This summer, Cross was named a volunteer assistant coach with the Penn women’s soccer team. The Quakers will kick off the season Sept. 4 against Rider at Rhodes Field.

-Written by Tim Flynn, athletic communications assistant