Six Women's Soccer Ivies Earn Academic All-District Honors
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Lauren Cooke (San Rafael, Calif.), Lillian Klein (Mill Valley, Calif.) and Kelly Hostetler (Richland, Wash.) of Columbia, Melanie Baskind (Framingham, Mass.) and Katherine Sheeleigh (New Vernon, N.J.) of Harvard and Sarah Friedman (Villanova, Pa.) of Penn have all earned distinction on the 2010 CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-District Women's Soccer Team.
Cooke, a senior defender and Baskind, a junior forward, were both named to the District 1 first team. Friedman, a senior midfielder, was named to the District 2 first team. Klein, a junior goalkeeper, Hostetler, a senior defender, and Sheeleigh, a senior forward, all earned District 1 second team honors.
Nominated athletes must be in their second full year at their institition and a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). All those on the All-District first teams wil be placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
Cooke has anchored Columbia's defense all season long and owns the distiction of being the only Lion to play all 1515 minutes. She has two goals and an assist to her name and has been key to the Lions' Ivy League low 0.71 goals against average. In the classroom the mechanical engineering major holds a 3.74 cumulative GPA.
Klein has been a brick wall for the Lions, posting an Ivy League best seven shutouts and 0.76 goals against average. A double major in English and American literature, Klein carries a 3.47 cumulative GPA.
Another key to Columbia's defensive line is Hostetler, who has started all 16 games so far this season. She has also provided a spark of offense from the back field with two goals, including one game-winner, and a team-best seven assists. A political science major at Columbia, Hostetler holds a 3.48 cumulative GPA.
Baskind and Sheeleigh have led the Crimson offense all year long, combining for 15 of the team's 26 goals and nine of 21 assists. Baskind has accounted for seven goals, includig two game-winners, and three assists. In the classroom, the neurbiology major carries a 380 cumulative GPA.
Sheeleigh, who is also one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, leads all Ivies with eight goals, while also chipping in six helpers. An economics major at Harvard, she holds a 3.45 cumulative GPA.
Friedman, is the League leader in assist this season with eight, while also chipping in a pair of goals. In the classroom, the psychology major carries a 3.58 cumulative GPA.
All eight Ivy squads conclude regular-season play on Saturday. Friedman's Quakers play Princeton Saturday, with the winner being crowned the 2010 Ivy champion. Cooke, Klein and Hostetler will look to give Columbia a double-digit-win season for the second time in three years while Baskind and Sheeleigh look to lead Harvard to a winning record for the fourth consecutive year.