AMHERST, MA - Amherst College senior defender Kaitlin Hill (Andover, MA) was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 1 (college division) for women's soccer, as selected and announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday, while classmate Margaret Chute (Pawtucket, RI) and junior Lesley Pruzansky (Saratoga, CA) earned Third-Team honors. Hill was a first-team selection, which automatically places her on the national ballot for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America consideration.
Hill has been a standout defender for the Jeffs for the past four seasons, guiding them to a NESCAC-best 0.69 goals against average and seven shutouts this fall. She and Chute have helped make the Jeff defense one of the best in the region in recent memory, finishing 16th in the nation in goals against average (0.56) in 2004, and posting an astounding 23 shutouts over the past three seasons. Chute joined the defense in 2003 after converting from a forward and helping the team to a NCAA Regional Finals appearance.
Pruzansky has had a breakout season this fall, tying for the NESCAC lead with seven assists and posting a team-best 13 points. She earned NESCAC Player of the Week for the week of October 24, tallying points in a trio of conference victories for the Jeffs, including a pair of assists in a hard-fought 2-1 win over visiting Middlebury.
The Jeffs stand at 8-3-3 and await word of a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.