Oct. 31, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army women's soccer senior defender Molly McGuigan was named to the Capital One Academic All-District I First Team University Division for her performance on the pitch and in the classroom in an announcement by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.
With her selection to the first team, McGuigan advances to the national ballot where she will be eligible for Academic All-America Honors. The Army defender is the first Black Knight to advance to the national level since Liz Betterbed in 2009.
To be nominated for the Academic All-America team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore and be a starter or significant reserve on the team with a 3.3 cumulative grade point average or higher. It is the second time that McGuigan, an Economics major with a grade point average of 3.66, was selected for district honors, having been named to the second unit in 2011.
A superlative student and athlete, McGuigan has earned a plethora of honors throughout her career. She was named to the Patriot League All-Academic inaugural team in 2011, repeated last year and is a candidate in 2013.
The native of Boulder, Colo., headed into the fall semester ranked 85th out of approximately 1200 students. McGuigan earned the Superintendent's Award (top five percent of class) in the fall of 2011, and the Superintendent's Physical Excellence Award the spring of 2013.
One of the finest defensive players in Army history, McGuigan is a three-time Patriot League first-team selection and two-time Defensive Player of the Year. In 2011, she was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
A two-time Mid-Atlantic All-Region selection who earned first-team honors in 2010 and third team the following year, McGuigan has been the backbone of Army's defense since stepping onto the pitch her freshman year. McGuigan headed into her senior year as a starter in all 60 games, but a preseason injury kept her out of the lineup in the first two games in 2013. She has played in 15 games this year and 75 overall, and during the span has been involved in 39 shutouts to include a school-record 16 in 2010.
As a team co-captain for the second straight year, McGuigan has helped Army to a 7-7-3 mark this year and a bid to the Patriot League Tournament for the third time in four years. The Black Knights hosted the tournament in 2010 and captured the team title and automatic bid in 2011 following a pair of shutout victories.
McGuigan and her teammates will wrap up the 2013 regular season Friday evening at 7 p.m. when they take on Patriot League regular-season champion Navy in the "Star" Match at Clinton Field.