KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Seniors Bella Palma '20 and Sloan Askins '20 were named to the United Soccer Coaches 2019 Scholar All-East Region Teams with Askins landing All-Region Second Team honors and Palma on the All-Region Third Team, as announced by the organization Monday.
Askins, a Second Team All-NESCAC selection and United Soccer Coaches All-New England Second Team honoree, makes her first-appearance on the scholar all-region ballot. Playing outside back, Askins contributed to both sides of the ball, lending an offensive threat to an imposing back line. Finishing with seven points with two goals and three assists, the Pasadena, Calif. native added to the Mammoths 50-goal season that landed them at the top of the conference.
An Asian Languages and Civilizations and Law Jurisprudence and Social Thought double major, Askins maintained a GPA of 3.40 to reach the Scholar All-East Team.
Palma, a two-time United Soccer Coaches All-New England Team honoree (2018, 2019), started all 19 games she played in this season. Notching consecutive All-NESCAC selections, the Mammoth majored in Psychology with a 3.73 GPA to mark her first appearance on the Scholar All-East team. Stifling a multitude of attacks throughout the season, the center-back captain aided in a conference-best goals allowed (7). The Newburyport High School product was also named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team for the third year in a row.
The tandem that led a stout defensive effort throughout all 20 games, shined in the conference championship weekend by holding Tufts and Middlebury to a combined five shots on goal. Shutting out all three opponents in the tournament, Amherst recorded 15 shutouts and finished at #5 in the nation for shutout percentage (0.750).
Amherst advanced to their eighth NCAA Tournament berth in the last nine years following their fifth NESCAC title win in a 1-0 decision over Middlebury. The Mammoths eased past Maine Maritime in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to make their third consecutive second round appearance and finished the season with a 15-4-1 record.
To be eligible for Scholar All-Region recognition, student-athletes must meet the following criteria:
- 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) or better throughout career
- Started more than 50 percent of all games and significantly contribute to their team
- Nominated by head coach of current College Services member institution
- Junior or above in academic standing; and, if a transfer student, in second year at school
The Scholar All-America Teams are scheduled to be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 18.