Nov. 3, 2010
Center Valley, Pa. - Colgate senior Kiki Koroshetz has been named the 2010 Patriot League Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned one of the spots on the inaugural Academic All-Patriot League Team, it was announced Wednesday afternoon by the League office. The awards were voted on by the League's women's soccer sports information directors who could not cast a ballot for student-athletes from their own institution.
The Academic All-Patriot League Team has been added for all sports beginning in the 2010-11 season to honor additional student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The Women's Soccer Academic All-Patriot League Team has 11 student-athletes to equal the size of the sport's All-Patriot League first team.
American and Bucknell led the way with three student-athletes making it to the Academic All-Patriot League team from each school. Seniors Freiderike Engel and Brooke Sheppard and junior Mikaila Weaver represented American, while Bucknell seniors Christa Matlack, Amanda Citron and Brooke Stokes were voted to the squad. Lehigh was next with two players, as seniors Liz Carlos and Natalie Hojnacki were honored. Junior Julia Stallard of Army, Holy Cross junior Kelsey Dillon and Koroshetz made up the rest of the team.
Koroshetz excelled defensively on the field for Colgate, which started the season with six straight losses but rallied late in the year to finish with a 3-3-1 mark in League play to secure the fourth seed to the upcoming Patriot League Tournament. The senior co-captain started all 18 of her team's games and spearheaded the Raider defense that posted five shutouts during the regular season, including a scoreless draw in Hamilton with top-seeded Army, the team the Raiders will face Friday in their tournament semifinal matchup.
Off the field, Koroshetz volunteered her time to numerous endeavors while maintaining a 3.90 cumulative grade-point average at Colgate. A senior Psychology major from Norwalk, Conn., Koroshetz was one of three Colgate student-athletes recently honored at the school's Awards Convocation Program. She was the recipient of two awards, claiming the university's Thomas M. Wilson '67 Memorial Endowed Leadership Award for Athletics and the Lasher Prize for English. She was also a member of the All-Tournament team in 2006 and a co-captain of last year's League championship squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. She was honored for her work in the classroom as a member of the 2009 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District team. She is a three-time member of the Patriot League's Academic Honor Roll and is on her way to a fourth appearance this year.
Koroshetz is Colgate's fourth Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's soccer and first since Kelly Tyrell in 1999.
Five of the 11 student-athletes honored academically were also lauded for their on-the-field prowess as members of the All-League Team. Matlack, Engel, Carlos and Stallard were placed on the First Team, while Sheppard was honored as a member of the Second Team. In addition, Matlack was named Offensive Player of the Year Tuesday for the second straight season after earning the preseason version of the award in August.
Each of those five student-athletes not only excelled athletically, but academically as well. Matlack earned a 3.57 cumulative GPA majoring in Biology and pursuing minors in Philosophy and Art. For American, Engel carries a 3.887 GPA studying Marine Science and Sheppard has a 3.541 in Business Administration. Stallard has a 3.515 cumulative GPA studying Economics at the United States Military Academy, while Carlos posted a 3.61 GPA in Accounting and Supply Chain Management at Lehigh.
The remaining five student-athletes also achieved great success in the classroom. Weaver has a 3.953 GPA at American majoring in Spanish and Latin American studies. At Bucknell, Citron has a 3.64 GPA in Computer Science and Economics while Stokes studies Management and carries a 3.63 GPA. Dillon, a junior at Holy Cross, has a 3.67 GPA in Math, while Hojnacki posted a 3.60 GPA in Finance at Lehigh.
Eight members of the team are seniors, while the remaining three are juniors. Seven of the 11 will be participating in the Patriot League Tournament Friday and Sunday at Army.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.
Patriot League Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year Kiki Koroshetz, Colgate, Sr.
Women's Soccer Academic All-Patriot League Team
Freiderike Engel, American, Sr.
Brooke Sheppard, American, Sr.
Mikaila Weaver, American, Jr.
Julia Stallard, Army, Jr.
Amanda Citron, Bucknell, Sr.
Christa Matlack, Bucknell, Sr.
Brooke Stokes, Bucknell, Sr.
Kiki Koroshetz, Colgate, Sr.
Kelsey Dillon, Holy Cross, Jr.
Liz Carlos, Lehigh, Sr.
Natalie Hojnacki, Lehigh, Sr.