October 30, 2008

Cox, Kruger Named To Academic All-District First Team

Oct. 30, 2008

Indianapolis, Ind. - After performing at an exceptional level both on the playing field and in the classroom, Butler women's soccer players Morgan Cox and Molly Kruger have been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V First Team. The organization made the announcement on Thursday (Oct. 30).

With their First Team bids, the two Butler juniors will be in the running for the Academic All-America Team, which will be voted on by CoSIDA members on Nov. 11 before being announced on Nov. 18.

"The team is very proud of Morgan and Molly," head coach Tari St. John said. "The highest priority on our team is doing well in school, and that is something that has always been accepted and embraced at Butler. Morgan and Molly are perfect examples of a work-ethic that is transferable from the field to the classroom and visa versa."

Cox, a native of South Bend, Ind., earns her second Academic All-District recognition after being named to the Second Team as a sophomore last season. A starter in all 20 of the Bulldogs' matches this season, she is one of only three players to have logged over 1,800 minutes.

Cox boasts a 3.88 grade point average as a chemistry major.

Kruger, a native of Carmel, Ind., was named to the All-Horizon League First Team as a midfielder after totaling a team-high 25 points on nine goals and seven assists. She currently leads the league in shots per game and ranks third in total points.

Kruger carries a 3.40 grade point average as a speech major.

Players from Green Bay, Loyola and Valparaiso were also mentioned on the All-District First Team, but Butler was the only Horizon League school to feature multiple athletes on the 12-player squad.

To be nominated for Academic All-District, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and have reached sophomore athletic eligibility. Nominees are then voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The Bulldogs open up the Horizon League Championship quarterfinals as the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 seed Detroit on Sunday (Nov. 2) beginning at 12:00 noon in the Butler Bowl.