Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania senior Katy Cross added one final award to her collection as she was bestowed with the University’s Fathers Award at the 2005 Commencement. The Claremont, Calif. native is the first women’s soccer player to receive the award.
“Katy embodies what it means to be a student athlete at an elite institution,” Head Coach Darren Ambrose said. “She has been successful since the first day she set foot on campus and fittingly she will leave with an award that recognizes her contributions to both our program and the academic realms at Penn. She is a very deserving recipient and I am very proud of her.”
The Fathers Award is presented annually by the Penn Association of Alumnae to the female senior that that most closely approaches the ideal University of Pennsylvania student-athlete and who has shown outstanding athletic, academic and leadership qualities.
Cross will leave Penn as one of the most decorated women’s soccer student-athletes, excelling both on and off the playing field. On the field, she holds eight different Penn scoring records including career goals (50), career assists (25) and career points. During her final campaign, she was the second-leading scorer in the Ivy League with 12 goals and seven assists en route to her fourth-consecutive first-team All-Ivy pick and second-team All-Mid-Atlantic honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
For her efforts in the classroom, Cross earned two distinguished honors. She was named the 2004 ESPN Academic All-American of the Year and received an NCAA Postgraduate scholarship. The two-time All-American became the first student-athlete at Penn to receive the Academic All-American of the Year distinction as well as the third Ivy League student-athlete and the first female in Ancient Eight history. She is also a two-time Academic All-American. As for the postgraduate scholarship, she was one of only 56 student-athletes across the nation, who participated in fall sports, to earn the award and is the fourth Penn student in the last three years to win the scholarship.
Cross was alsothe only Ivy League student-athlete to be named to the2004 NSCAA/adidas Women’s College Scholar All-America Second Team.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant