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Wills and VanderStaay Earn Scholar All-Region Honors

January 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm
Abby Wills and Lily VanderStaay
Abby Wills (left) and Lily VanderStaay (right) have proved successful on and off the pitch.
Photo: Niko Duffy '13

NSCAA Scholar All-Region release

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Carleton College women’s soccer players Abby Wills (Sr./Portland, Ore./St. Mary’s) and Lily VanderStaay (Sr./Bellingham, Wash./Bellingham) were named to the NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region Team, honoring their performance both on the soccer field and in the classroom.

Wills once again showcased her versatility in helping the Knights capture a share of a second straight MIAC regular-season title as she lined up at centerback, defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder at different portions of the campaign. She anchored the midfield for the past four seasons, three of them culminating in trips to the NCAA Championships. For her athletic success, she was named to the All-MIAC team in 2008, 2010, and 2011 and the All-North Region Team in 2011. In the classroom, Wills holds a 3.84 GPA as a psychology major, earning her a spot on this year’s Scholar All-Region Second Team.

Despite missing time this season due to injury, VanderStaay still paced the Knights in points (16) and tied for the team lead in goals scored (6). In addition to her on-field success, she boasts a 3.70 GPA as a history major. The combination of her performance both on and of the pitch resulted in VanderStaay being named to the Scholar All-Region Third Team.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) selects its recipients of academic recognition based upon a record of excellence both on the field and in the classroom. Recently, the entire Carleton Women’s Soccer Team was honored by the NSCAA, earning the Team Academic Award for the 11th consecutive season.