The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its 2011 Academic All-District soccer awards early Friday, recognizing four players from the University of Redlands women's program. Junior defender Maddy Cartwright (Salt Lake City, UT), junior midfielder Meghan King (Portland, OR) and junior goalkeeper Linzey Smith (Anaheim Hills, CA) collected First-Team accolades, while junior midfielder Kendall Pegan (Lafayette, CA) landed on the Second Team. Each of the Redlands recipients earned her inaugural CoSIDA honor with this season's award.
One of the Bulldogs' primary lockdown defenders, Cartwright has contributed to the Bulldog backline that has held opponents to a .084 shot percentage. With her contributions, the defensive third has kept the opposition in check by allowing only 1.16 goals per game. Earlier this season, Cartwright notched the game-winning assist against Chapman University on Sept. 28. This UR Scholar-Athlete and Dean's List member currently holds an impressive 3.95 cumulative GPA as a Psychology major.
As one of UR's center-midfielders, King has started all 17 games this season, registering career-highs in points (8), goals (3) and assists (3). In addition, she has provided a pair of three-point contests and connected on two game-winning netters. A standout student-athlete, this Biology major has landed on the Dean's List every semester of her career and owns two UR Scholar-Athlete awards so far. She currently holds a remarkable 4.0 cumulative GPA.
Smith has played a significant role in protecting the Maroon and Gray's cage, starting 13 contests in a two-keeper rotation. She is currently third in the conference with a .806 save percentage in addition to sitting fourth in the SCIAC with a 1.22 goals-against average. In addition to amassing more than 800 minutes of action, she has contributed to the Bulldogs' four complete-game shutouts this season. As a Communicative Disorders major, she boasts a 3.89 cumulative GPA.
As King's counterpart in the midfield, Pegan currently ranks second on the squad with six total assists in 2011, which surpasses her career-best performance. In addition to starting all 17 games for Redlands, she tacked on a goal against Willamette University (OR) in an overtime victory against the Bearcats. Also a U of R Scholar-Athlete and Dean's List member, King possesses a cumulative GPA of 3.80 as a Biology major.
As members of the First Team, Cartwright, King and Smith now advance onto the national ballot for possible CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition.
For a complete list of the CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees, please visit www.cosida.com.
Redlands owns a 10-6-1 overall record, taking fourth in the conference standings, and now awaits the NCAA's announcement for a possible at-large bid.