Ashburn VA (November 29, 2016) – The George Mason women’s soccer team earned a program-high six Atlantic 10 postseason honors, the league announced earlier this month.
Abby Downey, from Leesburg, Va., was named All-Conference Second-Team defender and named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic team. Downey has started every game on the back line and played 1,720 minutes, the second-most among field players for Mason. She ranks fourth on the team with a career-best four goals and 11 points. Downey has also recorded the first three assists of her collegiate career this season.
A biology and neuroscience major, Downey has excelled in the classroom. A member of the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, she has been selected to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic team for the second straight year.
“It’s a little more difficult for defenders to get recognized and for coaches to pick defenders out in games,” Mason head coach Todd Bramble said. “I’m really happy for Abby. She stands out because she’s so good on both sides of the ball. She’s a very versatile player and has contributed a lot to our attack even from the back half of the field.”
Emily Littell, a native of Leesburg, Va., has started every game this season, logging the fifth-most minutes of any field player on the team (1,596). She recorded two goals and four assists during the regular-season and notched the game-winner in double-overtime in a 2-1 win at UMass Oct. 6.
A bioengineering major, Littell has also excelled in the classroom, becoming just the third Patriot in program history to be named to the A-10 All-Academic Team.
“Emily and Abby are the type of student-athlete that we like having on our team,” Bramble said of his two All-Academic players. “They are focused and serious about everything that they do, not just on the soccer field, but obviously in the classroom. The achievements that they have gotten have come in very difficult majors. It just speaks to their overall maturity and I couldn’t be more proud. When you can be recognized for what you do both on the field and in the classroom, that’s what we really want from our student-athletes.”
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