(West Point) – Army freshman Elizabeth Betterbed and sophomore Sarah Goss were among an elite group of 12 Patriot League women’s soccer student-athletes to post a 4.00 or better grade-point average during the fall semester. Betterbed and Goss were part of the Black Knights’ 15 player contingent named to the 2006 academic honor roll, second highest among the eight league schools.
Bucknell had the largest group with 20 players garnering honors, including Shannon Curd, who was named the Patriot League Women’s Soccer “Scholar-Athlete of the Year”, among the 104 student-athletes selected. To be eligible for the academic honor roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the fall semester and be awarded a varsity letter in one of the Patriot League’s seven fall championship sports.
A total of 532 student-athletes were named to the fall academic honor roll, which also includes the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.
It is the second time this season that Goss, who compiled a 4.13 GPA, has been selected for academic recognition. She was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I Women’s Soccer Team for the University Division last November by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Goss’ selection to the District I first team marked the third straight year that Army has had a player cop first team honors and the sixth straight year claiming academic district accolades. The native of Lancaster, Pa., closed the year as Army’s scoring leader, the first time since the 2003 season that a sophomore has topped the Black Knights in scoring.
Betterbed, compiling a 4.18 GPA, drew starts in 16 of 17 games alternating between midfield and defense. Her lone goal proved the game winner in a 2-1 win over Air Force, while her 12 shots on goal tied for the third best mark on the team. She was one of three Army freshmen, joining Brittany Fearnside and Caitlyn Gallagher, to earn this honor as 17 rookies were among the eight league schools to earn recognition.
Army’s largest contingent came from the senior class as six Black Knights ranked among the conference’s top student-athletes. Ashley Emerson, a history major, has the top GPA among her classmates at 3.98. After being sidelined because of preseason surgery throughout the majority of her junior year, Emerson started all 18 games her senior year along with finishing among the scoring leaders with five points. It is the fourth straight year she has ranked among the league’s top student-athletes.
Rounding out the rest of the senior class selected for this honor were Mary Erin Boyle, Ronee Farrell, Rebecca Garcia, Lynn Janick and Maria Schmitz. Garcia, the goalkeeper, was the lone Black Knight to earn Patriot League all-star honors this fall with her selection to the second unit. Boyle is a three-time selection, while Janick and Garcia are two-time picks.
Elizabeth Costello and Geralyn Pedicino, who competed in 27 games between them, represented Army’s junior class, while four members of the sophomore class earned academic recognition. Joining Goss were Molly Byrnes, Amelia Janoski and Coco Miller. Goss, Byrnes and Janoski appeared in all 18 games, while Miller drew the most starts with 15. Costello earned honors for the third straight year, while Goss, Byrnes, Janoski and Miller are repeats from last year.
It is the second time this season that the Black Knights were recognized academically, having been honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America with the NSCAA Academic Team Award. Coach Gene Ventriglia’s booters, who compiled a 3.13 average, were among the 234 women’s programs to qualify for this award. Army also ranked among the 52 institutions that had the men’s and women’s teams recognized. The Black Knights’ men’s team, coached by Kurt Swanbeck, posted a GPA of 3.05.