MEDFORD - Tufts University's Catherine Lawliss from the women's lacrosse team and Amy Socha from the women's swimming team have been announced as members of the 2020-21 Academic All-District® Women's At-Large Team, selected by CoSIDA.
Recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and in the classroom, the CoSIDA Academic All-District® program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. The CoSIDA Academic All-District® teams are divided into geographic districts across the United States and Canada.
Lawliss and Socha are two of the 14 student-athletes on the NCAA Division III District I (Massachusetts and Maine) Team. They are two of just five New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) individuals overall to receive the Academic All-District® Women's At-Large Team recognition this year.
The Women's At-Large Team accepts nominations in Women's Beach Volleyball, Women's Bowling, Women's Rowing, Women's Fencing, Field Hockey, Women's Golf, Women's Gymnastics, Women's Ice Hockey, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Rifle, Women's Skiing, Women's Swimming & Diving, Women's Tennis and Women's Water Polo.
From Portland, Oregon, Lawliss graduated from Tufts in May with a psychology degree. She was selected as an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) 1st Team All-American after helping lead a Tufts team that played in the NCAA Championship Game. She was also named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year and 1st Team All-NESCAC after the Jumbos won their first-ever conference title. Lawliss scored 38 goals and 17 assists for 55 points in 11 games including a 14-8-22 scoring line in five NCAA contests. Selected as an Inside Lacrosse Division III Media All-American for the shortened 2020 season, Lawliss off the field tutored weekly for a group of underprivileged middle and high school students in the Boston area.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic canceling many college swimming seasons, Socha's selection was based on career accomplishments. A 2021 graduate with a degree in archaeology, she hails from Chesterton, Indiana. Socha recorded a fourth-place finish in the 200 butterfly and was sixth in the 500 freestyle at the 2019 NCAA meet, where Tufts' 16th-place finish was the highest for the Jumbos since 1990. She qualified for the canceled 2019-20 NCAA Championships and was named All-American in six events. At the NESCAC meet, Socha won back-to-back 200 butterfly conference titles in 2019 and 2020, and also won with 400 freestyle relay in 2020. Tufts' NCAA Woman of the Year nominee this year who received Highest Honors for her Senior Thesis, she was invited to the Program for Belize Archaeology Project Field School to test the theories presented in her thesis.
Lawliss and Socha advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early August.
Including Molly Ryan and Sofia Rosa in women's basketball, Brennan Morris in men's basketball, Sophie Lloyd in women's soccer, Travis Van Brewer in men's soccer, Matt Alswanger in football, Cate Desler in volleyball, Miles Reid in baseball, Kristina Haghdan in softball and Isaac Gorelik (tennis), Boris Sorkin (tennis) and Nate Tingen (swimming) as men's At-Large recipients, Tufts has had 14 Academic All-District® selections this year. The men's and women's cross country / track & field teams will be announced on July 15.