Cottam Capital One Academic All-American
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information  
Release:  11/29/2012

Rider's First 2-Time Academic All-American Abi...
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Women's College Soccer

Rider's Cottam Again Academic All-American

LAWRENCEVILLE--For the second year in a row Abi Cottam of the Rider University women's soccer team has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team.

Cottam is the lone repeat selection on the Capital One Academic All-America Division I First Team.

"It is a great achievement to be honored as an Academic All-American, but to be honored two years in a row is quite remarkable," said Rider head coach Drayson Hounsome.

Cottam earned First Team Academic All-America honors last year, the first Rider athlete to be so honored since 1995.

Cottam, a senior from Leominster, England, was named to the First Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference soccer team the last two years and to the MAAC All-Academic team the last three years.

In the classroom Cottam owns a 3.99 grade point average as a Psychology major.

As a senior Cottam led the conference in assists and was fifth in the MAAC in points per game and 10th in goals, leading Rider to its best record (10-4-3) since 2004. 

"As one of our international student-athletes we are very proud of what Abi has achieved in the classroom and on the field during her four years in the USA," Hounsome said. "I hope she has a big enough bag to get all these awards back to England!"

Rider's career leader in assists with 26, her 1.25 career points per game average is also a Rider record. Cottam's 26 career goals and her 78 career points are both third most ever at Rider.

As a junior Cottam led the MAAC in goals (14), assists (11) and points (39).

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