AUSTIN, Texas — With three selections to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America teams, Ohio Dominican's women's soccer squad earned as many Academic All-America women's soccer honors as any NCAA Division II program and tallied the most national academic awards for a season in program history.
The three Academic All-America honors are the most for any school in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and two first team selections are the most for a program in the NCAA's Midwest Region.
Seniors Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) and Alli Pavlik (Cortland, Ohio) earned First Team Academic All-America honors, marking the first time two Panthers have been named to the first team by CoSIDA. The duo that combined for 26 goals, nine game winners and six assists in 2017 are the second and third, First Team Academic All-America award winners in program history, joining 2016 first team honoree, Courtney Kozak.
Bates is working towards her Master's in Physician Assistant Studies at ODU and boasts a 3.98 GPA, while Pavlik is an international business and public relations major who also has accumulated a 3.98 GPA at Ohio Dominican.
Also earning an Academic All-America award is junior goalkeeper Marissa Wierzbicki (Powell, Ohio), who is one of just three keepers in NCAA Division II to be honored nationally by CoSIDA. Wierzbicki is a biology (pre-med) major at ODU and is maintaining a 3.97 GPA. Wierzbicki recorded a career-best goals against average of 1.12 this season and anchored a defensive unit that recorded nine shutout victories. She'll enter next season fifth all-time in program history in games started at goalkeeper with 48 starts for her career and needs just seven more wins to eclipse the program record of 32 victories for a Panther keeper, set by Laura Clark between 2011-2014.
Bates, Pavlik and Wierzbicki helped take the program to new heights on the field and in the classroom in 2017, leading the team to its first NCAA Championship victory and a program record 16 wins for a season.
Contact: Aaron McPherson