Birdsall named to ESPN All-Academic squad
TOWSON, Md. – A season of accolades for the Northern Colorado women’s soccer program and sophomore forward Danielle Birdsall continued this week, as the ESPN All-Academic Team was announced with Birdsall finding a spot on the second-team.
Birdsall, a business administration major, is the owner of a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She, along with teammate Katey Borman was already named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 7 Team.
Birdsall is one of just two Big Sky players to be named to any of the three national teams, with Northern Arizona defender Kristi Andreassen being named to the first-team. Andreassen, a 4.0 sports and exercise science major, was also named Academic Player of the Year for the University Division.
Tara Carter, a senior goalkeeper from Otterbein University won the Academic Player of the Year award in the College Division.
This new award is one of many Birdsall has earned this season, as she was also named Big Sky Offensive MVP and named to the first-team All-Big Sky. She scored eight goals on the year to go along with two assists.
Northern Colorado finished the 2010 season with a 10-6-3 overall record and fourth in the Big Sky with a 3-2-2 mark. The team lost in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament to number one seeded Northern Arizona.
For the first time in school history, the Bears had players named to the first-team All-Big Sky in Birdsall and junior midfielder Kimmie Feidler. Junior forward Ariel Cook and junior defender Aundreaha Martinez were named to the second-team.