Schaefer, Connors Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Praise|
Nov. 9, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. - On Thursday, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its annual Academic All-District teams and a pair of St. John's women's soccer players made the cut as seniors Jesse Schaefer and Shea Connors found a spot on the District 1 squad. Both Schaefer and Connors will now be on the final ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.
Schaefer, an All-BIG EAST Second Team pick this season, was a four-year starter for Head Coach Ian Stone and earned her first career BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honor this season after leading the Red Storm to a 1-0 win over Seton Hall. The Dublin, Ohio, native missed just one game in her four years and was one of the integral parts of a defensive unit that limited opponents to one goal or less in 15 of the team's 18 games this season. In the classroom, Schaefer posted a 3.88 GPA as a finance major and Spanish minor and was inducted into the 2017 St. John's University President's Society, one of the most prestigious honors a student can earn.
Connors saw her final season in Queens shortened due to injury as the New Haven, Conn., native played in 13 games in 2017. Connors, who was the team's leading scorer as a junior, scored one goal and added an assist for three total points this season. Despite missing five games, Connors finished second on the team with 29 shots on the year. A criminal justice major, Connors has posted a 3.98 grade-point average.
Both players have been members of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team since 2014 and a part of four St. John's women's soccer teams that have won NSCAA/United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Awards.