Three Jeffs Named to Academic All-District Teams

Jake Duker '09
AMHERST, MA – Members of the 2008 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams were announced this morning, with three Amherst College student-athletes earning the honor for District 1 in the College Division. The All-District Teams, which are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), represent students who excel in both athletics and academics.

Representing Amherst are seniors Jake Duker (Newton, MA), Alanna Darling (Charlton, MA) and Kate Bentley (Atherton, CA), who this year have led the Lord Jeff soccer teams to a combined 16-4-5 record. The Amherst honorees are three of only 10 NESCAC student-athletes selected to an All-District Team this year.

As a psychology major with a 3.45 GPA, Duker joins Wesleyan University’s Ozzie Parente, Connecticut College’s Mickey Lenzi, and Middlebury College’s Brian Bush and Colin Nangle on the All-District Second Team, as no NESCAC men’s soccer player was selected to the prestigious First Team.

Alanna Darling '09
A senior quad-captain, Duker has led Amherst to an 8-3-2 (4-3-1 NESCAC) record with only one regular season game remaining before the NESCAC Championship. With the second highest number of goals (11) and highest point total (24) in the conference, Duker has increased his career totals to 29 goals and 13 assists for 71 points.

Duker was named to the 2007 NSCAA/adidas All-New England Second Team and All-NESCAC Second Team, and this year is in position to add to his list of accolades as one of several candidates for the NESCAC Player of the Year honor.

On the women’s side, Darling was one of two NESCAC student-athletes selected to the All-District First Team, as she joins Lauren Sinnenberg of Williams College. Double-majoring in biology and Spanish with a 3.73 GPA, Darling has been a major contributor in the Jeffs’ lineup in each of the past four years, earning All-NESCAC First Team honors as a sophomore and again as a junior, adding NSCAA/adidas All-New England First Team honors in each of the last two years. Last year, Darling received NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-America East Region Honorable Mention.

For being named to the All-District First Team, Darling is eligible for nomination to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Team, which will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Kate Bentley '09
Rounding out Amherst’s honorees is Bentley, a double-major in Spanish and psychology with a 3.80 GPA. Bentley joins fellow NESCAC student-athletes Sharon Katz and Sam Blank of Connecticut and Wesleyan, respectively, on the All-District Third Team, as no NESCAC players were selected to the Second Team.

As a senior quad-captain and emotional leader for the Lord Jeffs, Bentley has played alongside Darling as a major contributor for the past four years. As cornerstones of the Amherst defense, Bentley and Darling have helped lead the program to a 45-14-16 record in the past four years, including a stellar 24-4-6 mark in NESCAC play. In 2006, the Amherst defense boasted a conference-best 0.51 goals-against average en route to an appearance in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal round.

Both Amherst teams return to action Friday, Oct. 31 for a 3 p.m. match at Trinity College to mark the end of the regular season. The NESCAC Championship quarterfinal round will take place Sunday, Nov. 2 at locations to be determined after Friday’s games. 

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