Hegarty and Fortson Named to Academic All-Patriot League Team
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Patriot League announced on Wednesday the 2017 Women’s Soccer Academic All-Patriot League Team. For the third straight year, senior midfielder Meghan Hegarty (Richmond, Va.) found herself named to the exclusive list that celebrates the best and most complete student-athletes in the conference. For the first time in program history a second Mid was named in the same year, as sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Fortson (Claremont, Calif.) also garnered a spot on the 11-person team.
The first three-time Academic All-Patriot League honoree in Navy women’s soccer history, Hegarty has been a key performer for the Mids on the soccer field and in the classroom since day one. Appearing in 83 career games with 78 starts, the fifth-most starts in program history, Hegarty was rewarded for her outstanding senior season on Monday as the Patriot League Midfielder of the Year. In 2017, she’s started all 19 games for the Mids and recorded eight points on two goals and four assists. The team’s holding midfielder, Hegarty’s prominent role on defense has resulted with Navy posting 12 shutouts. All-time, she’s earned All-Patriot League team playing nods in three of her four seasons.
In the classroom, the two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (2015-third team, 2016-second team) continues to thrive as an operations research major. Possessing a 3.97 GPA, Hegarty ranks 20th in the Naval Academy’s Overall Order of Merit and 13th in Military Order of Merit. She joins Elizabeth Hoerner (’14) as the only two members of the Navy women’s soccer program to earn multiple Patriot League All-Academic Team nods. The award went into league-wide circulation in 2010.
Nominated and selected to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the first time in her young career, Fortson has got it down in both aspects of student-athlete life. On the field, the first-year starting goalkeeper has started all 19 games for the Mids in 2017 and led the team to a league-high 12 shutouts. Individually, she’s been credited with eight solo shutouts and four combined clean sheets. In league-play, Fortson elevated her game even more with a just a 0.33 goals against average and .897 save percentage, while posting an 8-0-1 record. She’s been in net for the majority of the Mids’ two lengthy shutout streaks this season, first a 371:52-minute stretch in the non-conference action before a 719:21-minute span in Patriot League play. Fortson was rewarded on Monday with the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year Award.
Away from the pitch, Fortson is also finding success in the classroom as an aerospace engineering major with a 3.80 GPA. Named to both the Supt’s and Dant’s List in each of her first two semesters, the California native stands 48th in the Overall Order of Merit ranks at the Naval Academy and second in the Military Order of Merit.
The selection process for this honor was conducted by the Patriot League’s women’s soccer sports information directors, who could not vote for their own student-athletes. Seven of the 10 Patriot League programs were represented by at least one student-athlete, with Bucknell (3), Colgate (2) and Navy (2) all placing multiple players on the 11-member team.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
Hegarty, Fortson and the rest of the 2017 Midshipmen team will be in action this Friday at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility at 5:00 p.m. in the Patriot League Semifinals. After going 8-0-1 in the Patriot League this regular season, Navy is the top seed and will host for the entire tournament over Friday (5/7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.).
Corvias Patriot League Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kendall Ham, Bucknell, Sr., F
2017 Academic All-Patriot League Team
(Note: Listed in alphabetical order by school)
Kira Flaherty, American, Sr., D
Clare Shea, Army West Point, Sr., M
Rachel Bloznalis, Boston U., Gr., D
Karli Cirovski, Bucknell, Sr., D
Jackie Ham, Bucknell, Sr., D
Kendall Ham, Bucknell, Sr. F
Mara Cosentino, Colgate, So., M
Eliza Doll, Colgate, Sr., M
Sam Miller, Lehigh, So., GK
Sydney Fortson, Navy, So., GK
Meghan Hegarty, Navy, Sr., M