Penn's Cross and Scotto Named to 2003 Academic All-District II Soccer Team

The Quakers post honorees for the second-consecutive year.

Nov. 6, 2003

Philadelphia - University of Pennsylvania women's soccer was recognized with two selections to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District II soccer team as junior Katy Cross and senior Vanessa Scotto were named as honorees by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today.

Cross, a psychology major, was named to the first-team for the second consecutive season. In her first three seasons as a Quaker, Cross has received numerous accolades including Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Ivy League Player of the Year, first-team NSCAA/adidas All-Mid-Atlantic region, second-team All-Mid-Atlantic region and second-team NSCAA/adidas All-American.

In addition to her postseason accolades, the junior holds program records for goals in a game (4), points in a game (9), goals in a season (14), points in a season (34), career goals (39) and career points (98).

Scotto, an economics major, was named to the second-team for the first time at Penn. During her career in the Red and Blue, Scotto has appeared in 55 games, allowing just 44 goals. She currently holds program records in shutouts (13), lowest goals against average in a season (0.56), highest save percentage in a season (.898) and lowest career goals against average (.967). Scotto was selected as Penn's Rookie of the Year in 2000, and has been named to's Team of the Week (9/17/02).

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. He 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.

CoSIDA's District II covers Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Quakers, who are 8-5-3 overall, 2-3-1 Ivy, return to action Saturday when they host Princeton University at the Soccer Stadium at Rhodes Field. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m.

Written by Tonia Sabino