NORTON, MA- Wheaton College women's soccer senior Kathleen Carroll (New Paltz, NY/New Paltz Central) was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic College Division All-District I first team for the initial time in her career. Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Carroll advances to the Academic All-America national ballot.
Carroll's naming continues a stretch of eight consecutive years in which at least one Wheaton women's soccer player has garnered a CoSIDA academic award. Carroll has appeared in 16 of the Lyons' 19 games, starting 12 while playing both the back and forward positions. She has recorded one game-winning goal while assisting another.
Carroll provided Wheaton with the game-winner during a 3-0 shutout against Western New England College on September 16, just 11 days after assisting the winner in a 2-1 victory over then nationally-ranked Western Connecticut State University.
Playing dual roles for a team that leads the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in goals scored and allowed, Carroll has also helped Wheaton record a league-best 14 shutouts.
With one regular season game remaining, the Lyons are 15-2-2 with rankings of 25th in the country and fourth in New England by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Going 6-1-2 in league play while claiming a share of its 11th straight NEWMAC regular season championship, Wheaton enters the league tournament as the second seed.
A two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference qualifier, Carroll missed all but four games last fall due to injury. During her first two years, she combined to score eight goals and record 18 points in 39 games. The biology and mathematics major is also a Dean's List honoree.
Carroll's Lyons are in action tonight for their regular season finale at Salem State College. On Saturday, Wheaton hosts seventh-seeded Babson College in a conference tournament first-round game, as Wheaton is seeking its eighth championship in 10 years.
The District I College Division consists of all non-NCAA Division I colleges and universities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.
To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve.