Portions of the story courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Dartmouth senior Aurelia Solomon was named third-team Scholar All-American and first-team Scholar All-East Region and three other Ivies joined her on the All-East Region teams, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced.
Solomon becomes Dartmouth's first NSCAA Scholar All-American since former Big Green player Myra Sack in 2008. Sack was a second-team selection that season.
Dartmouth senior Emma Brush received second-team All-East Region honors, while Brown junior Alison Mullin and senior Eliza Marshall were named honorable mention.
The Scholar All-America honor is one of several accolades for Solomon this postseason. The first-team All-Ivy selection and College Sports Madness first-team All-Ivy selection, led Dartmouth to one of its finest seasons in program history. A stalwart on the Big Green backline, Solomon helped Dartmouth hold opponents to just 9.6 shots per game while allowing just 13 goals in 2012. Solomon and the Dartmouth defense averaged a 0.74 goals against average as a unit. Not only did the Geography major keep Dartmouth opponents off the board, she scored the game-winning goal in Dartmouth's 2-1 win over Penn (Oct. 13), which earned her Ivy League Player of the Week honors.
In addition to All-Ivy League honors, Solomon was a second-team NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Region selection and led Dartmouth to a second-place finish in the Ivy League standings, its highest finish since the 2009 season. Brush also adds to her postseason accolades with the Scholar All-Region honor. The NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Region selection led the team with 19 points on seven goals and five assists. Her five assists were tops for a Big Green player and her seven goals ranked second. Additionally, she led the squad with three game-winning goals. For her efforts, she was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 10. Brush was a first-team All-Ivy selection, her second consecutive All-Ivy honor.
Marshall finished the season with six points on a goal and a team-high four assists, while Mullin tallied three assists on the year.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognizes high school and college student-athletes for their dual accomplishments on the field and in the classroom on the Scholar All-America Teams. To be named Scholar All-America, a college student must attain a 3.30 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. High school students must reach a 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.
Players named to the 2012 Scholar All-America Teams will be recognized January 19 at the All-America luncheon held during the 2013 NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis.