Senior Alanna Darling Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American

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Senior Alanna Darling was named to the
2008
ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA
Academic All-America Second Team.
AMHERST, MA - This afternoon the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), in conjunction with ESPN The Magazine, named Amherst senior women's soccer player Alanna Darling (Charlton, MA) to the Academic All-America Second Team. After being named to the All-District First Team, Darling was one of just two NESCAC women's soccer players eligible for the All-America honor.

This season, Darling was the only women's soccer  player from the NESCAC to make  one of the All-America teams, and she is just the 16th Amherst student-athlete to earn the honor. Darling is the third women's soccer player in program history to make one of the All-America teams, joining Ellie Hickerson (1998) and Cathy Poor (2001).

Darling was joined by Lauren Sinnenberg of Williams College on the All-District First Team, while classmate and fellow quad-captain Kate Bentley (Atherton, CA) was named to the District 1 Third Team. 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. She earned All-NESCAC First Team honors as a sophomore and as a junior before grabbing a Second Team nod this year, 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.

As a captain and starter in the middle of Amherst's defense, Darling has helped lead the Lord Jeffs to a 13-2-3 record this season, including an undefeated 7-0-2 mark in conference play. After falling in the 2008 NESCAC Championship 3-2 in overtime to defending National Champion Williams, Amherst received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Last weekend, Darling and Amherst picked up wins over Farmingdale State and Springfield College to punch a ticket for this weekend's NCAA Tournament Round of 16. Amherst will face Otterbein College on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Hobart-William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y.