Georgia State senior Bri Cagle and William & Mary junior Mallory Schaffer were named to the Capital One Academic All-America women's soccer team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Last season, Cagle made history by becoming the first Georgia State women's soccer player to be named an Academic All-American when she was listed on the 2010 third team roster. Now in her final year at GSU, Cagle trumped her accomplishment from last season to earn a spot on the 2011 Academic All-America second team.
Cagle garnered the award by posting a 4.12 grade point average, the highest out of all three teams, while pursuing a major in history. With this honor, she gives GSU its 10th All-America recognition and becomes only the second student-athlete in Georgia State history to receive the national acclaim twice in her career.
The senior from Houston, Texas is no stranger to gaining acknowledgement for her academic achievement. In 2009, Cagle gained her first nod from CoSIDA, earning a spot on the Academic All-District third team roster. She has been named three times to the Georgia State President's List and has held the highest GPA on the GSU women's soccer team for the past three seasons.
Cagle's accomplishments, however, extend far beyond the classroom. During her four years playing soccer at Georgia State, Cagle started 68 games on the back line and served as a captain bother her junior and senior seasons. She scored three career goals and also contributed to over 20 shutouts as a member of the Panther defense.
Schaffer was chosen to the Academic All-America third team. The Tribe forward had a spectacular year on the field, earning CAA Player of the Year honors after leading the league with 17 goals and 40 points. She also had six assists and a conference-best six game-winning goals. Schaffer led W&M to the CAA championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.
Schaffer has a 3.61 grade point average at William & Mary while majoring in biology and pre-med.
To be eligible for Capital One 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. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports