Women's Soccer's Katy Cross Named ESPN Academic All-American of the Year

Philadelphia – University of Pennsylvania senior Katy Cross (Claremont, Calif.) was named to the 2004 ESPN Academic All-America University Division Women’s Soccer Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It is the second-consecutive honor for the forward.

Cross, a four-time selection as first-team All-Ivy League, was named as the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year. She is the first student-athlete at Penn to receive such a distinction as well as the third Ivy League student-athlete and the first female in Ancient Eight history. 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. 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. Cross never missed a single game in her Penn career.

Last season, Cross, who was named to the Academic All-District II First Team for the third-consecutive season, she 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.

The Quakers finished the 2004 season with a 9-6-2 overall record and a 4-2-1 mark in the Ivy League to finish third.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.