MEDFORD - Tufts University junior Alessandra Sadler has been selected to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team in Women's Soccer.
Recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, the Academic All-District™ teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at their current institution.
Sadler is among 12 players selected to the Division III team in District I, which represents schools in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She is one of just two players from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on the Academic All-District I list. She now advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in December.
An outside midfielder, Sadler started all 18 games that she played for head coach Martha Whiting's team this fall. The Jumbos enjoyed their best season in several years with a 10-6-3 overall record and 6-2-2 in NESCAC. Tufts advanced to the conference championship game for the first time since 2005 and earned their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2007.
With five assists this fall, Sadler led the Jumbos in that category while also scoring a pair of goals. She scored in the NESCAC Championship Game and also tallied in the team's 2-0 victory over Trinity. She is a two-year starter who has four goals with six assists for 14 career points. A Dean's List student for all six semesters at Tufts, Sadler was a NESCAC All-Academic Team member for the Fall 2016. She has worked as research assistant for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute during the summers of 2016 and 2017 and has already been offered acceptance into the Tufts School of Medicine via the Early Assurance Program.
Including Tufts men's players Dexter Eichhorst and Kevin Halliday, Tufts had three soccer players receive the CoSIDA Academic All-District honor. That is tied for second-best in the district. Five Tufts University student-athletes who earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors last year went on to become Academic All-Americans.