MEDFORD – Senior Sarah Maloney and junior Sophie Lloyd of the Tufts University women's soccer team are among the 12 student-athletes named to the 2019 Academic All-District® Team announced on Thursday.
Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes soccer honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. Honorees selected first-team Academic All-District® advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. Academic AllAmerica® honorees will be announced in early December.
Maloney and Lloyd are on the Division III District 1 team, which honors student-athletes from Massachusetts and Maine. The Jumbo pair are two of the three honorees from New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools who were recognized.
Leading members of a Tufts team that is ranked #13 nationally and earned the #1 seed in NESCAC this season, Maloney is a senior leader of the defense and Lloyd is a key contributor offensively. Maloney and the defense have allowed a 0.60 goals against average with eight shutouts. Lloyd is second on the team with seven goals and six assists for 20 points, including a team-best three game-winning goals. Both have been members of back-to-back NCAA qualifying teams for the Jumbos (2017 and 2018), and head coach Martha Whiting's team's 12-2-2 record this year has them in line for another NCAA berth this fall.
Maloney was a member of the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America third team last fall and is a three-time Academic All-NESCAC recipient (2017-19). On the field, she was a United Soccer Coaches All-New England and NESCAC All-Conference first team pick in 2018. The three-year starter is a biology major with a 3.81 grade point average.
Lloyd achieved NESCAC All-Conference second team status in 2017 and 2018, along with being selected conference Rookie of the Year in 2017. She is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic Team honoree (2018 and 2019). A United Soccer Coaches All-New England pick last year, she has 28 goals with 14 assists for 70 career points in 52 games. Lloyd carries a 3.92 grade point average as a biomedical engineering major.
Tufts is hosting the semifinal and championship games of the NESCAC Tournament at Kraft Field this weekend (Nov. 9-10).