Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s soccer teams again showed their dominance in the classroom in addition to their performances on the field as both teams garnered the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Awards. Seniors Katy Cross and Erik Hallenbeck also earned individual honors as each were named Second-Team NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American.
Penn is one of only 20 schools across all divisions (NCAA I, II and III) that had both teams win the award the past three seasons and it is the fifth consecutive honor for the Quakers. The men’s team recorded a grade point average (GPA) of 3.20, the fifth-highest among NCAA Division I programs, while the women’s team earned a 3.25 GPA.
Cross added another credential to her resume being named Second-Team NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic for the second-consecutive year. The award caps off a season in which she was named the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year, becoming the first Penn student-athlete to receive the distinction as well as the third Ivy League student-athlete and the first female in Ancient Eight history. As a senior, she was the second-leading scorer in the Ivy League with 12 goals and seven assists en route to becoming a unanimous first-team All-Ivy pick. An Ivy League Player of the Year as a sophomore, Cross is a two-time All-American. She holds eight Penn records including career goals (50), career assists (25) and career points. Last season, the Claremont, Calif. native, who was named to the Academic All-District II First Team for the third-consecutive season, became the program’s first Academic All-America honoree. In addition to the school records she holds, she has received numerous accolades including League Rookie of the Year, Ivy League Player of the Year, NSCAA/adidas All-America status and was chosen for both SoccerBuzz.com and NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic first team awards.
Hallenbeck was also named Second-Team NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic for the second time in three seasons. A strong defender, Hallenbeck earned first-team All-Ivy status for the third-consecutive year and Philadelphia Soccer Seven All-Star accolades for the second-straight season. In each of his three seasons with the Quakers, the Laguna Hills, Calif. native has been a first-team All-Ivy pick. Since joining the team in the 2002 season, Hallenbeck, a team captain, did not miss a single start in 51 games, recording an assist.
The women’s team finished the 2004 campaign with a 9-6-2 overall record and a 4-2-1 mark in the Ivy League to finish third. On the men’s side, the Red and Blue concluded 2004 with a 7-8-2 overall record and a 3-3-1 mark in the Ivy League to finish tied for fifth.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.