Junior Bianca St. Georges and senior Alli Magaletta of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team earned Academic All-America honors today, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
St. Georges, a defender, was named to the first team, while Magaletta, a midfielder, landed on the third team. The honor is the second career award and initial first-team accolade for St. Georges and the first career recognition for Magaletta.
“Our program takes great pride in working toward excellence on the field and in the classroom,” Mountaineer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “Bianca and Alli exemplify what hard work and dedication can achieve. Congratulations to these two players and our staff, who helps push them to success.”
This marks the third straight season two Mountaineers have earned Academic All-America accolades. Nine different WVU women’s soccer student-athletes have garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America awards, and the Mountaineers have collected eight honors in the last five years and 12 since 2001.
A native of St. Felix de Valois, Quebec, St. Georges earns the honor boasting a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) in exercise physiology. A two-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, she also was named to the 2015 Academic All-Big 12 Newcomer Team. A President’s List honoree, St. Georges has also been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.
A 2017 team co-captain, St. Georges has started 59 of 60 career matches. Named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region Second Team one week ago, she also was named to the 2017 All-Big 12 First Team.
A two-time Big 12 Defender of the Week this season, St. Georges helped the Mountaineer backline post 13 shutouts. She also scored her first career goals this year and finished the season with 10 points (2 G, 6 A).
A native of Chesterfield, Missouri, Magaletta shows a 3.91 GPA in exercise physiology. A member of the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 First Team, she also has been named to the President’s List, the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.
In her two years at WVU, Magaletta started all 49 career matches at defensive center midfield. The Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 24, she ended the season ranked No. 3 on the team with 13 points (5 G, 3 A). Three of her goals were game-winners. Magaletta scored the game-winning goal in three of WVU’s final four regular-season games, and all but two of her career goals were game-winners.