MEDFORD – Junior defender Sarah Maloney of the Tufts University women's soccer team is one of three New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) players named to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America teams announced on Monday.
Maloney, a junior on head coach Martha Whiting's team, was selected to the third team. She is one of just five players in New England overall to receive the national academic honor in Division III.
To be eligible for selection, the student-athlete must be a junior or above in athletic standing and be nominated by her head coach. They must achieve at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average, start more than 50 percent of all games and be an elite player as supported by post-season honors or contributions to the success of her team.
Maloney received All-Conference honors from NESCAC as well as an All-Region nod from the United Soccer Coaches. She was a key component on Tufts' defense which allowed a 0.65 goals against average, while also moving up to contribute offensively with two goals.
The biology major was recently named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Region team. She also earned a place on NESCAC's All-Academic Team, awarded only to those with 3.5 grade point averages or better.
Tufts earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the second straight season this fall and finished with an 11-6-2 record.