Fighting Irish Athletics | December 19, 2014
Stellar seasons on the field for University of Notre Dame women's soccer junior captains Katie Naughton (Elk Grove Village, Illinois/Elk Grove) and Cari Roccaro (East Islip, New York/East Islip) helped power the Fighting Irish to the third round of the NCAA Championship in 2014. Naughton and Roccaro officially capped their successful campaigns on Wednesday, being recognized as National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Women's University Division Scholar All-America third team selections.
In order to be named to an NSCAA Scholar All-America team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average throughout her career, start more than 50 percent of all games while being a significant contributor to the team and be nominated by an institution that is currently an NSCAA member. Naughton and Roccaro are the first Notre Dame award recipients since Lauren Fowlkes was named an NSCAA Scholar All-America first team choice in 2010.
As a team, Notre Dame was previously honored this fall by the coaches association with an NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic year. To be eligible for team academic accolades, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. Team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players on the roster.
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