Hegarty and Fortson Garner CoSIDA District II All-Academic First Team Nods
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Women’s Soccer Teams were announced on Thursday and the Navy women’s soccer pairing of senior midfielder Meghan Hegarty (Richmond, Va.) and sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Fortson (Claremont, Calif.) were recognized as two of the top 11 student-athletes in the region. Made up of NCAA Division I schools in the D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia area, Fortson was District II’s only goalie, while Hegarty was one of three midfielders named to the team.
For Hegarty, the 2017 Patriot League Midfielder of the Year, this is her third straight CoSIDA Academic All-District award as both her 2015 and 2016 nods turned in Academic All-America honors. After earning a spot on the third team as a sophomore, she had her status elevated to the second team as a junior.
On the field in 2017, Hegarty started all 21 games for the Mids as the team’s holding midfielder. With responsibilities on both ends of the field, she notched eight points on two goals and four assists on offense, while providing strong defensive marking and veteran leadership to a defense that posted 13 shutouts, the fifth-most in program history. In the classroom, Hegarty is holding a 3.97 GPA in operations research and ranks 20th in the Naval Academy’s Overall Order of Merit and 13th in Military Order of Merit.
In her first season as the Mids’ starting goalie and first time eligible for league and national academic accolades, Fortson has thrived and checked off both boxes. On the field, the 2017 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year, started all 21 games for Navy and led the team to a league-best 13 clean sheets with nine individual shutouts and other combined efforts in which she played the majority of the minutes. 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. 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.
Fortson and Hegarty will now advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot. The Academic All-American Team will be selected later this month. Eight days ago, Hegarty and Fortson were named to the Academic All-Patriot League team.
As a program, this is the fifth time that multiple Midshipmen were named to the Academic All-District First Team in the same year. The most recent pairing was that of Beth Reed and Shelly Moeller in 2009.
The Navy women’s soccer team concluded its 2017 season this past Sunday in the Patriot League Championship finals. The regular season champions for the league at 8-0-1, Navy finished the year with a 16-4-1 overall record. 16 wins are the fifth-most in program history.
CoSIDA Academic All-District II –
(DC, DE, KY, MD, NJ, PA, WV)
GK - Sydney Fortson, Navy -- 3.80 GPA, Aerospace Engineering
D - Jackie Ham, Bucknell -- 3.93 GPA, Accounting & Financial Management
D - Natalie Larkin, Princeton -- 3.86 GPA, Public & International Affairs
D - Bianca St. Georges, West Virginia -- 4.00 GPA, Exercise Physiology
D - Amanda Stratton, Lehigh -- 3.83 GPA, Bioengineering
M - Meghan Hegarty, Navy -- 3.97 GPA, Operations Research
M - Emily Ogle, Penn St. -- 3.99 GPA, Kinesiology
M - Alli Magaletta, West Virginia -- 3.91 GPA, Exercise Physiology
F - Kourtney Cunningham, Rider -- 3.91 GPA, Health Care Management
F - Kendall Ham, Bucknell -- 3.88 GPA, Biology
F - Megan Schafer, Penn St. -- 3.71 GPA, Communication Sciences & Disorder