Nov. 30, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Four Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer players have been named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, including first team selection, La Salle goalkeeper Gabrielle Pakhtigian. Dayton’s Colleen Williams and Juliana Libertin were named to the second team, while La Salle’s Renee Washington earned a spot on the third team.

In addition to maintaining a 3.94 GPA as a nursing major, Pakhtigian set the school single season win record for goalies (17) this season and earned second all-time for single season Goals Against Average (0.73). Additionally, the redshirt junior is second in career wins (32) and shutouts (16.5) all-time.

Williams, a forward from Titusville, N.J., is also a Top 10 Finalist for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award. She is a two-time NSCAA All-American. She was also named to the 2011 NSCAA Women’s College Scholar All-America Team. Williams is a two-time member of the 11-member Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team and has led the conference in scoring the last three years. She carries a 3.37 GPA in sport management.

Libertin, a midfielder from Uniontown, Ohio, was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 this season, as well as to the A-10 All-Academic Team. Libertin was named First Team Academic All-District this season, after earning third team honors last season. She carries a 3.71 GPA in exercise science.

Washington led the Explorers in points this season (23) recording eight goals, including both goals in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship game, while earning a 3.63 GPA as a communication major. She currently sits in third for goals all-time (31) and fourth in points (78) in program history. The junior was named to the Atlantic 10 First Team for the second consecutive year and was a member of the 2012 A-10 All-Tournament team.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

The 11 members of the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women’s Soccer first team combined for an average G.P.A. of 3.941. There are 10 seniors and one junior on the first team.