Nov. 7, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Army seniors Jaclyn Kalik, Molly McGuigan and Joey Molacekwere among a select field of 11 student-athletes named to the Patriot League's All-Academic Team in Wednesday's announcement from the conference office. The awards were voted on by the league's 10 women's soccer sports information directors who could not cast a ballot for their own student-athletes.
Now in its fourth year, the Academic All-Patriot League Team was added for all sports beginning in the 2010-11 season to honor student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The Women's Soccer Academic All-Patriot League Team has 11 student-athletes to equal the size of the sport's All-Patriot League first team.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
It is the third straight year McGuigan (Economics, 3.666 GPA), was chosen for this prestigious award and second time for Molacek (Engineering Management, 3.41 GPA) and Kalik (Life Science, 3.968 GPA) as Army collected a league-high with three student-athletes on the All-Academic Team for the second straight year.
Bucknell was next with two with the six remaining spots were split among American, Boston University, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Navy. The Midshipman's Elizabeth Hoerner repeated as the Patriot League's Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
McGuigan picked up plethora of honors this week starting with her selection as the Patriot League's Defensive Player of the Week and the ECAC Co-Defensive Player after backstopping Army to a 2-0 shutout of Navy in the regular-season finale that snapped the Midshipmen's conference unbeaten run of eight.
In Monday's all-league announcement, McGuigan earned her fourth Patriot League first-team certificate as a defender. She helped backstop Army to six shutouts this season in closing out her career involved in 41 shutouts (to include a school-record 16 in 2010) as a starter in 77 games.
The native of Boulder, Colo., tallied a pair of goals, to include a game winner, and an assist this year to lead Army's defenders in scoring with five points. This the second academic honor for the Dean's List student who was named to the Capital One All-District First Team from the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA) and is eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Molacek (Engineering Management, 3.41 GPA) was among seven (two from Army) All-Academic selections named to the All-Patriot League Team on Monday. Sharing the captaincy with McGuigan for the second straight year, Molacek earned her third consecutive all-league certificate when she collected first-team honors in the midfield to go with a pair of second unit citations she received in 2012 and 2011 as a midfielder and forward, respectively.
An offensive presence in Army's lineup all four years, Molacek played a key role sparking Army to its third Patriot League Tournament berth in the last four years. She posted her career fourth two-goal effort in leading a 2-1 come-from-behind double overtime win over league rival Holy Cross followed by a goal and assist a few days later as Army rallied past Lafayette, 3-1, to clinch a berth.
The native of Saugus, Calif., finished second on the team in scoring with five goals and one assist for 11 points, while leading the Black Knights in conference games with four goals and an assist for nine points, along with a game winner.
Rounding out Army's All-Academic picks is Kalik (3.968 GPA) who has the highest GPA among the 11-team field. A Dean's List every semester, Kalik headed into her senior year ranked 29th in a class of approximately 1200 students.
Kalik has received the Superintendent's Award for Excellence (top five percent of class) and the Superintendent's Award for Achievement, and this semester added the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Corporation (HENAAC) Cadet Role Model Award to her long list of academic and athletic honors
Kalik has been a key member of Army's defensive unit since earning a starting role her sophomore year, helping the Black Knights capture the Patriot League Tournament title and automatic bid in 2011. Army posted 15 shutouts that year, just one shy of the school record. She helped Army post 26 shutouts over the past three years.
Army closed out the year 8-7-4after playing American to a scoreless draw Tuesday evening at West Point. The Eagles bested the Black Knights 3-1 in penalty kicks to advance to the Patriot League Tournament semifinals.