PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Men’s soccer midfielder Bruce Cutler and women’s soccer forward Hannah Beard were recognized at the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Convention and Luncheon last Tuesday in Philadelphia, Pa. Cutler and Beard were named NSCAA Scholar All-Americas,and joined a cast of hundreds who were paid homage at the event.

Multiple groups, including scholar All-Americans from the high school level and each level of college competition were honored by the world‘s largest coaches association. Women’s soccer coach Ged O’Connor accompanied the student-athletes to the event. 

Cutler earned his spot on the scholar first team by posting a cumulative 3.98 grade-point average. The junior is on pace to graduate in May of 2011while working toward his degree in mathematics.
Beard, on the other hand, is putting the finishing touches on a stellar career being named to a scholar All-America second team member. She will be graduating in May of 2010 with a degree in Criminology. Her on the field play speaks for itself, closing her four-year stint as a Lion second in total goals (46), first in assists (31), first in points (123), and first in games played (73).

This is Cutler’s first All-America selection while Beard is a multiple time member of the group, being named to the first team in 2008.

To be selected as an All-American, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member; be a junior or above in academic standing at the current institution; be in his or her second year at the current school if he or she is a transfer student; and submit an official copy of a certified transcript.

The NSCAA selects Scholar All-America teams for male and female athletes competing in soccer at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NCCAA institutions. The men's and women’s teams are divided into University (NCAA Division I) and College (all other levels) divisions.