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Upton earns academic honor

Kristen Upton (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Kristen Upton (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Kristen Upton (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South), a senior on the McDaniel women's soccer team, was named to the Academic All-District II Division III women's soccer first team presented by CoSIDA on Thursday.

Upton earned her first nod to the team with a 3.92 GPA as of the end of the spring semester. Upton was one of 15 players selected to the first team. The exercise chemistry major now advances to the national ballot with all of the first-team selections from the eight districts for the Academic All-America team, which will be released on Dec. 5.

A defender, Upton enters this weekend's NCAA tournament having started all 19 games and keying a backline that has posted a 1.07 goals-against average and eight shutouts. She has also contributed two goals and an assist.

A three-time all-conference selection that includes a first-team selection each of the last two seasons, she led the Green Terror (12-5-2, 6-3-1 CC) into the conference semifinals and to its third straight NCAA bid.

The 2016 Centennial Conference (CC) Scholar-Athlete of the Year, she was named to the CC Academic Honor Roll as both a sophomore and a junior. The captain has been named to the Dean's List in each of the previous six semesters and was tabbed to the McDaniel Green and Gold Honor Roll each of the last two years.

The members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) select the All-District team. District II consists of all of the Division III colleges and universities in Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve.