NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the first time since the 2001 season, a Belmont women's soccer player has garnered Capital One Academic All-America® honors. Alison Alcott was named to the prestigious list as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday.
Alcott joins Meggan Harris as the only Academic All Americans for Belmont women's soccer. She is the 21st Belmont student-athlete to receive the honor.
Alcott was a Second Team All-OVC selection in 2013 and was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week on October 29 that season. The Dallas, Texas native has played in every match of her collegiate career, starting all but four, and has served as the team captain. In the classroom, she has compiled a 3.965 grade point average in Nursing with a minor in Spanish. Alcott has earned Dean's List honors multiple times and is a two-time OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll selection. She also earned the distinction from the Atlantic Sun Conference.
In 2013-14, she also earned the OVC Medal of Honor for having the highest GPA in her sport. On campus, she has been a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Camp Bruin, the Student-Athlete Talent Show Fundraiser and Special Olympics.
Away from Belmont, she has volunteered with the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Emergency Department, the Nashville Rescue Mission, Operation Christmas Child, Yes Encouragement Services (YES) Used Sports Equipment Drive and Christmas Angel programs as well as making a medical mission trip to Costa Rica in May 2012.
Most recently, Alcott received the prestigious OVC Scholar Athlete Award, the highest individual honor that can be earned by OVC student-athletes, and is given annually to three men and three women student-athletes for their accomplishments in both the classroom and athletic arena, and because of their leadership qualities.
Alcott joins fellow OVC member Jade Flory of Morehead State along with Kaily Cox of Oral Roberts, Katelyn Reeve of Clemson, Stephen F. Austin's Morgan Glick, West Virginia's Carly Black, Eastern Michigan's Emily Dzik, Tara Ballay of Rider, University of Virginia's Danielle Colaprico, Laura Lee Smith of Alabama and Stanford's Taylor Uhl on the elite list.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at her current institution and be nominated by her media relations' director.