MEDFORD - Recent Tufts University graduate Sophie Lloyd is one of 13 Division III student-athletes in the country to receive first team honors on the 2020-21 Academic All-America® Women's Soccer Team, announced today by CoSIDA.
Recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom, the CoSIDA Academic All-America® program selected three teams totaling 33 student-athletes from across NCAA Division III. Lloyd is one of three New England players and two from NESCAC to earn the first team honor. She is one of just five New England players and two from NESCAC to achieve the Academic All-America® recognition overall.
Lloyd was included on the Academic All-America® ballot after she was selected to the Academic All-District Team® in June. This was the second straight year that Lloyd earned Academic All-District® Team recognition. Teammate Sarah Maloney was also voted on to the regional team in 2019-20. Lloyd is the first Tufts Women's Soccer player to achieve Academic All-America® recognition since Kara Murphy in 1997.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic canceling many college soccer seasons in 2020, this year's academic squad was selected based on career accomplishments. From Los Altos, California, Lloyd graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering from Tufts. Despite her senior season being canceled, she is one of the top scorers in Tufts Women's Soccer history. In 56 games from 2017-19 (51 starts), her 75 points on 30 goals and 15 assists is third all-time for the Jumbos. The 30 goals are also third on the team's career list.
Lloyd was a leading scorer on three straight NCAA-qualifying teams at Tufts. The Jumbos had not played in the NCAAs since 2007 prior to the arrival of her class. Head coach Martha Whiting's team compiled a 35-16-7 record in 58 games during Lloyd's Jumbo career.
An All-Conference 1st team and United Soccer Coaches All-Region 1st team pick in 2019, Lloyd scored nine goals with seven assists helping Tufts advance to the NCAA "Sweet 16" and finish with a 14-4-2 record. Her top scoring season was in 2018 (10g, 7a) when she was voted All-Region and All-NESCAC 2nd Team. Lloyd was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year as well as an All-Conference and All-Region selection in 2017 when she tallied a career-best 11 goals with one assist.
A United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American in 2019, Lloyd was a three-time Academic All-NESCAC (3.5 GPA+) honoree. She completed a Senior Capstone Project for Harvard-MGH's Skeletal Oncology Research Group in 2020-21.
For the upcoming academic year Lloyd will attend the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College to pursue a PhD in the Biomedical/Medical Engineering field.