Senior defender Erin Casey (Hatfield, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) has been a standout on the field and in the classroom for The University of Scranton women's soccer team throughout her career. On Thursday, she was honored for both.
Casey was named Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the second time in her career. She also earned the honor in 2013 when she was a sophomore. She is now eligible for Academic All-American honors, which will be announced in three weeks.
Casey was chosen in District 4, which encompasses all NCAA Division III schools in Pennsylvania.
A standout defender during her career, Casey overcame an injury that forced her to sit out the 2015 season. She returned this season while pursuing her master's degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting and has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.94.
This season, Casey has helped the Royals go 14-1-1 and rise to no. 20 in the D3soocer.com Top 25. They have won 12 straight and have posted 12 shutouts this season, largely aided by Casey's play and leadership along the backline. She has started all 16 matches and has helped Scranton hold opponents to 0.56 goals per game.
Casey, who did not qualify for Academic All-District honors in 2014 due to missing the first six games of the season with an injury, was the Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a National Soccer Coaches Association third-team all-region selection in 2013. She was also a first-team all-Landmark Conference selection in 2013 and 2014, and a second-team choice in 2012.
To see the entire CoSIDA Academic All-District team, visit http://www.cosida.com/documents/2016/10/27//2016_Acad_All_District_Women_s_Soccer.pdf?id=2099.