Trio Recognized by NSCAA for Academic Success

Trio Recognized by NSCAA for Academic Success

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Capital University women's soccer midfielder Maura Fortino (Philadelphia, Pa.) was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)  All-East Region Scholar All-America team as a third team recipient. Fortino is also joined by junior goalkeeper Kim Leitch (Rocky River, Ohio) and midfielder Mariah Richards (Canton, Ohio), both as honorable mention.

The Crusaders continue to be recognized for their success in the classroom after the team was named one of the recipients of the NSCAA Team Academic Award, which recognizes schools for the 2013-14 school year. Capital put together a grade point average of 3.30 over that time period.

This is Fortino's third offseason honor after being named as an All-Ohio first team selection and All-Great Lakes Region by the NSCAA. Fortino set career highs in goals scored (4), assists (3), shots (32) and shots on goal (22).  She is coming off of a season that saw her score 11 points which was good for the fifth most on the team. Fortino also hit the game-winning penalty kick against Gettysburg that sent Capital to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Leitch, an electronic media and film major, had a strong junior campaign as Capital's primary goal keeper. Recording over 1,700 minutes she compiled a 14-3-2 record while shutting out opponents eight times and collecting a career-high 77 saves.

 Richards, a biology major, was one of three Crusaders to start every match for Capital this season. She recorded two goals, four points, 17 shots and one game winner.

"Along with our fourth consecutive NSCAA Team Academic Award and our nine OAC Academic All-Conference honorees," said head coach Chris Kouns. "This is yet another example of the fact that our student-athletes are dedicated to being champions on the field and in the classroom. I am very excited for all three and proud of the way they represent Capital Women's Soccer."

To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member; be a junior or above in academic standing at the current institution; and be in his or her second year at the current school if he or she is a transfer student.