ECU Quartet Earns NSCAA Academic Accolades
Jan. 6, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - A quartet of East Carolina soccer players (Amanda Broz, Kimmy Cummings, Amanda Malkiewicz and Jessica Woodward) were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-South Region squad the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. Broz, Malkiewicz and Woodward were named second-team, while Cummings was an honorable mention selection.
Broz, a marketing major with a 3.23 GPA, is a three-time Conference USA Honor Roll (2008-10) and five-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient (Fall 2007, Fall '08-present).
On the pitch she earned third-team All C-USA honors and was a key member of the Pirate defense that held opponents to a 1.45 goals-against average and recorded shutouts against in-state rival N.C. State and UTEP. She was one of six Pirates to start all 19 games and pushed her career starting streak to 28 games against The Herd in the season finale. The Spring, Texas netted her lone goal of the season at ODU on a header off a corner kick for a game-tying goal. In all, Broz recorded eight shots (five on goal) with one penalty kick and played every minute of the Pirates last 16 contests. She was a preseason all-league selection and one of the Top-20 C-USA players to watch by Topdrawersoccer.com. The four-year letterwinner closed out her career with 43 starts in 77 games, scored seven goals (four game-winners) and helped the Pirates record 31 shutouts. She is a two-time All C-USA performer (2009-10) and was an all-freshman team selection in 2007.
Malkiewicz, a math education major with a 3.86 GPA, is a two-time C-USA Academic Medal winner, C-USA Honor Roll recipient and All-Academic performer (2008-09, 2009-10). She has been named to the ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll for four-straight semesters and last year was named ESPN The Magazine Third-Team All-District.
On the field she took home second-team All C-USA honors in 2010, her second career C-USA accolade after being named to the all-freshman team in 2008. The Forked River, N.J. native completed her best season to date leading the Pirates in goals (7), assists (6) and points (20), which were all new career-highs and ranked among the league leaders. She started all 19 games playing nearly 1,200 minutes and pushed her consecutive starting streak to 60 matches. In league play, she has netted four goals (one game-winning vs. Rice), three assists and 11 points. Malkiewicz, who joined Broz as a preseason all-league selection and one of the Top-20 C-USA players to watch by Topdrawersoccer.com, closed out the season ranked fourth all-time on ECU's career charts in assists (16) and points (50), while ranking sixth in goals (17).
Woodward was one of two C-USA players unanimously selected to the C-USA All-Academic first-team in 2010. She maintains a 4.00 GPA as an elementary education major with a speech pathology minor, is a two-time C-USA Academic Medal winner and C-USA Honor Roll recipient (2008-09, 2009-10) and has been named to the ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll for four-straight semesters.
Outside the classroom she earned second-team All C-USA honors after starting all 19 games at midfield. The Wake Forest, N.C. native ranked second on the team in points (11) and assists (5) behind Malkiewicz and netted her first career game-winning strike at William & Mary. On the season she scored a career-best three goals, registered five assists (three in league play) and played every minute in 14 of 19 games. Since stepping on campus Woodward has started 60-straight matches, scored seven goals, dished out 11 assists for 25 points.
Cummings, who boasts a 3.80 GPA in management information systems, is also a two-time C-USA Honor Roll, four-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient and was named second-team C-USA All-Academic as a junior. She started all 19 games at midfield posting career-highs in goals (3), assists (4), points (10) and shots (32). The Mechanicsville, Va. native netted her first goal of the season against No. 10 Wake Forest and added a pair of scores against league members Tulsa and Rice. During her three-year career, she has played in 59 matches, scored six goals, dished out seven assists and recorded 19 points.