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Four Bulldogs Earn Academic All-District Honors

Ayana Sumiyasu. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Ayana Sumiyasu. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Sumiyasu, Brown Named To First Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's soccer team is enjoying another winning season on the field. The Bulldogs also have been successful in the classroom. Four players earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I recognition. Goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu and forward Becky Brown were first team selections, defender Caitlin Collins was named to the second team and Sophia Merrifield was chosen to the third team.

Sumiyasu, a political science major who is second in the Ivy League in goals against average (1.11) and save percentage (.817), and Brown, an economics major who is second in the league with 12 goals, both move on to the national ballot.

Collins, a biomedical engineering major, and Merrifield, a physics and mechanical engineering major, have both started all 15 games and helped anchor a Yale defense that has posted six shutouts and yielded just 16 goals.

To be eligible for the Academic All-America program, student-athletes must have a minimum of a 3.20 grade point average, be a starter or important reserve, and have played in at least half of the team's games.

The Bulldogs (9-6, 4-2 Ivy) enter the final weekend of the regular season still in the hunt for the Ivy League title. Yale needs a win over Brown on Saturday coupled with a Harvard loss to Columbia to earn a share of the crown. The Crimson has clinched the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of its 3-2 win over the Bulldogs.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity