WVU Honors For Rowing, Women’s And Men’s Soccer

West Virginia players in three different sports have earned academic honors at the conclusion of their seasons.

Twenty-one WVU crew members earned spots on the All-Big 12 Academic Rowing Team, headed by Megan Casner, Kaira Lay, Megan Present and Jessica Woy, all of whom had 4.0 grade point averages.

They were joined on the first team, which required a GPA of 3.2 or higher, by 14 teammates, and by three more who made the Second Team with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

First Team

Megan Casner, West Virginia* Jr. Animal & Nutritional Sciences Lewis Center, Ohio
Ashley Dibling, West Virginia Jr. Mechanical Engineering Perrysburg, Ohio
Nicole Dibling, West Virginia Jr. Mechanical Engineering Perrysburg, Ohio
Ally Fisher, West Virginia So. Animal & Nutritional Sciences Cherry Hill, N.J.
Allyson George, West Virginia Sr. Ceramics Winter Garden, Fla.
Maura Harkins, West Virginia Jr. Accounting Yardley, Pa.
Kileigh Lade, West Virginia Sr. Landscape Architecture Cleveland, Ohio
Kaira Lay, West Virginia* So. Landscape Architecture Mesquite, Texas
Madison Lindung, West Virginia So. Forensic Chemistry Towson, Md.
Kathleen Meldrum, West Virginia So. Economics Greenville, Ind.
Ruth Mierzejewski, West Virginia Sr. Wildlife & Fisheries Resources Wadsworth, Ohio
Alexis Moody, West Virginia So. Forensic Examiner Naples, Fla.
Lydia Nicolai, West Virginia So. Biology Woodbridge, Va.
Megan Present, West Virginia* Jr. Finance St. Louis, Mo.
Amanda Starliper, West Virginia Jr. Criminology Hedgesville, W.Va.
Emma Toy, West Virginia Jr. Criminology Newark, Dela.
Sydney VanAuken, West Virginia So. Management Information Systems Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Jessica Woy, West Virginia* Jr. Psychology Windermere, Fla.

2nd Team

Michaela Pulick, West Virginia Jr. Business Plymouth, Mich.
Gabrielle Riggleman, West Virginia Jr. Biology Morgantown, W.Va.
Jordan Wittmaack, West Virginia Jr. Sport Management Ridgewood, N.J.

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Junior defender Jordan Brewster and junior forward Alina Stahl of the women’s soccer team have been named to the 2020-21 Academic All-District 2 First Team on Thursday, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The honor is the first of both players’ collegiate careers. Next, Brewster and Stahl advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America National ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honors will be selected in the coming weeks and announced in early July.

In all, the Mountaineers have garnered 32 academic all-district selections since 2001, including at least one honoree in seven of the last eight seasons. Most recently, Bianca St. Georges garnered Academic All-District honors in 2018.

“I’m so proud of everything Jordan and Alina have accomplished this year,” WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown said. “They’ve been awesome, not only on the field, but also academically. They are constant hard workers, and they have a great foundation for success.”

A native of North Canton, Ohio, Brewster started all 14 games and tallied 1,300 minutes played for the Mountaineers this season. The co-captain logged four points (1 G, 2 A) on five shots and anchored the WVU back line, which tallied three clean sheets on the year. WVU conceded just 5.3 shots per game in 2020-21.

Brewster, the 2020 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, has been named an All-America Second Team selection by the United Soccer Coaches and appeared on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Best XI Second Team. Additionally, she was featured on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List prior to the club’s spring slate.

In all, Brewster has started in all 59 matches of her career, logging 5,382 total minutes. She has tallied four career goals and eight assists for 16 total points.

Stahl co-led West Virginia with six goals on the year, to go along with two assists for 14 total points. She started in 10 of the 14 matches she entered for 975 minutes played. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native registered 28 shots, 17 of them on goal, in 2020-21. She also had two game-winners for WVU this season.

Stahl has 31 career starts in 51 games played for the Mountaineers. She has registered 16 goals and six assists for 38 total points in 2,822 minutes from 2018-21.

Both players were All-Big 12 First Team selections last fall. Additionally, Brewster earned United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region First Team honors, while Stahl was placed on the second team.

Stahl has maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.67 while majoring in business and economics. Brewster, who also is a business and economics major, has logged a 3.58 cumulative GPA, including a 4.0 in spring 2021. Both players are two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honorees and have appeared on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.

WVU finished 10-3-1 on the year, including 7-2 in Big 12 action, and qualified for its 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament, good for the fifth-longest streak in the nation. The squad also won at least 10 games for the 21st straight year and bested a pair of top-five foes en route to an undefeated home campaign.

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Senior defender Kevin Morris of the men’s soccer team earned a spot on the Academic All-District 2 Men’s Soccer Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The honor is the second in as many years for Morris, as he also was selected to the Academic All-District 2 Team in 2019. In all, WVU has now had 12 players named to the team since 2006.

Morris now advances to the Academic All-American ballot, where first-, second- and third-team honorees will be selected in the coming weeks, with the announcement scheduled for early July.

The Mt. Airy, Maryland, native has started 62 of 71 matches played in his career, including all 10 this season. Morris played 938 of the team’s 940 total minutes of game action in 2021, while he has 6,123 career minutes, good for No. 10 all-time in program history.

Morris tallied one goal in 2021 to move his career numbers to five goals, five assists and 15 points. A constant member of the Mountaineers’ defensive line in 2021, Morris helped WVU record six shutouts and allow only six opponent goals in 10 games on the season, earning him recognition on the 2021 All-MAC Second Team.

Morris earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics in December 2020, graduating with a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.90. He began working toward a master’s degree in business data analytics in January 2021, earning a 4.0 GPA in his first semester.

In 2021, Morris was named a recipient of the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award, the Big 12 Conference’s highest academic honor. He also has earned recognition on the Academic All-MAC Team and Academic All-Big 12 At-Large First Team, while he also was selected to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team in 2017.

Morris has been featured on the Big 12 Commissioner’s and Garrett Ford Academic Honor Rolls, and he has been placed on the President’s and Dean’s Lists during his time at WVU.

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