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Five Women's Soccer Players Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

Courtney Curby
Courtney Curby

Nov. 2, 2009

QUEENS, N.Y. - Five St. John's women's soccer players have been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District teams presented by ESPN The Magazine.

Nicole Pasciolla, Amanda Pasciolla, Courtney Curby and Kelly McConnell were named to the District 1 first team, while Vaila Barsley earned second team honors.

"This is such a great honor for these players," coach Ian Stone said. "They really represent our program both academically and athletically and embrace the University's Vincentian mission. I am very proud of their accomplishments."

Nicole Pasciolla, an economics major, has a 3.98 grade point average. She has played in 19 games, starting in 18. Controlling midfield, Pasciolla has helped shut down opposing teams by contributing in nine shutouts. A key contributor in three wins over Top 25 teams, she was inducted into the prestigious St. John's President's Society for being an academic and community service leader for the University.

Amanda Pasciolla, also an economics major, has recorded a 4.0 GPA. Starting in all 19 games, she has scored one goal and posted four assists for six points. Her four assists are tied for the second-highest on the team. Pasciolla scored the game-winning goal over then-No. 25 UConn on Sept. 24, leading STJ to only its third win in history over Huskies.

Curby, who is majoring in education with a focus on adolescent English, has posted a GPA of 3.93. A defender, she has played in all 19 games, starting in 12, and has helped the team post nine shutouts. Curby helped lead STJ to its first-ever Top 25 ranking in the NSCAA Poll and its highest ranking in history in the Soccer America Poll at No. 11, in addition to helping STJ advance to the BIG EAST Semifinals with a 1-0 win over Georgetown on Sunday in double overtime.



McConnell is a biology major and has a grade point average of 3.86. Playing in all 19 games and starting in 18, she has scored two goals and posted one assist. The forward scored the game-winning goal over Syracuse on Sept. 18 and Pittsburgh on Oct. 9. A key contributor in STJ's three wins over Top 25 teams, she was inducted into prestigious STJ President's Society for being an academic and community service leader for the University. She was also a recipient of the 2009 GAAP research fund and studied hormone refractory cancers for therapeutic targeting this past summer.

Barsley, an accounting major with a 3.79 GPA, has played in 14 games, starting in 13. The defensive leader, she has anchored the back line in six shutout wins. Barsley has scored two goals and recorded two assists for six points. She scored the golden goal over Cal State Fullerton on Aug. 28. Barsley helped the Red Storm record the shutout win over Georgetown on Sunday, playing every minute of the game

The Red Storm will continue postseason play this Friday when it faces Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals in Storrs, Conn. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports.


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