For senior defender Erin Casey (Hatfield, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy), success on the field and in the classroom has been a constant during her time on The University of Scranton women's soccer team. Now, she has been named one of the top student-athletes in her sport.
Casey has been named second-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the highest honor recognizing student-athletes for their athletic and academic accomplishments. She becomes the third player in Scranton women's soccer history to be named Academic All-American, joining Nicole Bayman (first team, 2001) and Emily Farrell (third team, 2012).
In a career defined by success, Casey has sparkled both on the pitch and in the classroom for the Royals. She is a four-time all-Landmark Conference honoree – second team in 2012, and first team in 2013, 2014 and 2016. She was also the conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.
This season, Casey started all 20 games as the Royals went 17-1-2 and won the Landmark Conference championship. Her play at center back was critical in the Royals posting 14 shutouts, tied for fourth most in a single season in program history, and hold opponents to just 0.55 goals per match.
Despite missing the early part of 2014 and all of 2015 due to injury, Casey is one of the top defenders in school history. She played in 67 career games, 57 of them as a starter, helping the Royals win Landmark Conference titles in 2012 and 2016. In her four seasons, the Royals posted 47 shutouts and held opponents to 0.74 goals per game while advancing to the NCAA Tournament three times (2012, 2013, 2016).
A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection (2013, 2016), Casey has a sparkling academic resume to match her soccer exploits. Earlier this week, she was named the Landmark Conference Senior Scholar Athlete and she is a three-time member of the conference's Academic Honor Roll.
After overcoming the injury that forced her to miss the 2015 season, Casey 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. She is a member of the Business Leadership Honors Program, Who's Who in America, Summa Cum Laude, Alpha Sigma Lambda and Omega Beta Sigma.
In addition to being a Dean's List student, Casey is also a member of the Society of Accounting Students, Scranton Emerging Leaders and the Business Club, has worked for the Royal Television Network, and has volunteered with the Special Olympics and the Catholic Heart Work Camp.
To see the complete list of NCAA Division III women's soccer Academic All-Americans, visit http://www.cosida.com/sports/2016/11/16/AAA_1116162125.aspx?path=academic_all_america.