Soccer Honored For Academic Work
Dec. 4, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina soccer team was one of 442 women's programs to earn the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 2009-10 academic calendar year. The Pirates posted a 3.24 grade-point average and received the award for the seventh-straight year and 10th in the last 13.
The NSCAA honors any team with above a 3.0 GPA, with 636 squads (194 men, 442 women) among all NCAA divisions receiving recognition for last year's academic performance.
East Carolina joined Colorado College (3.36), Marshall (3.57), Memphis (3.60), Rice (3.63), Southern Miss (3.48), UAB (3.27) and UCF (3.05) as C-USA Women's programs receiving the award.
"Once again I'm very proud off our team's success in the classroom," said head coach Rob Donnenwirth. "As a staff, we see firsthand all the hard work and sacrifices that our student-athletes need to make in order to be successful on the field and in the classroom."
Last year Amanda Malkiewicz took home first-team All-Conference USA academic honors, while fellow classmate Jessica Woodward was named second-team. The duo were the only sophomores to be named to either squad.
This season the Pirates placed three players on the 2010 All C-USA Academic squad. Malkiewicz and Woodward, who were repeat selections from 2009, earned first-team designation, while Kimmy Cummings was a second-team selection.
Malkiewicz, a math education major with a 3.86 GPA, is a two-time C-USA Academic Medal winner and C-USA Honor Roll recipient (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.
Off 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 joined Memphis' Vendula Strnadova as the only other unanimous selection to the academic first-team. 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 and four-time ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll recipient. 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.