Piper, Peters Picked for Academic All-American® Honors
Paige Piper and Kelsey Peters both were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team for NCAA Div. III women's soccer, giving The College of Wooster two representatives among the elite 33-member squad, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced late Tuesday. Piper earned first-team Academic All-American® honors and Peters second-team.
Wooster was one of just four schools from across the nation with multiple honorees, joining William Smith College (4), Johns Hopkins University (3), and Messiah College (2).
Piper, now a two-time Academic All-American® after picking up a third-team selection last fall, completed her junior season with 11 goals and three assists for 25 points, despite missing two games and seeing limited action in three others due to an injury. The junior standout ranked second in the North Coast Athletic Conference in points (1.47 ppg) and goals (0.65 gpg), and was awarded with first-team all-conference laurels for the second-straight year. Piper scored two hat tricks during 2011, highlighted by the second four-goal game in team history coming against John Carroll University (Sept. 20).
Off the pitch, Piper carries a 3.94 grade-point average in biochemistry and molecular biology. She has performed summer research in the chemistry department and plans to go to medical school.
Peters, an Academic All-American® for the first time as a senior, anchored a Fighting Scots' defense that limited 12 of 19 opponents to one goal or less this season, including four shutouts against NCAC competition. She earned a spot on the All-NCAC Team once again, repeating as a first-team selection. One of just nine in program history to be a four-time all-conference award winner, Peters started all 77 games of her career at defender while making an impact offensively at times with 22 career points, including three goals this year.
Academically, Peters holds a 3.88 GPA while majoring in neuroscience. She is active with Wooster's Student Athletic Advisory Committee and her career goal is to be a doctor.
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.