William Smith College senior goalkeeper Becca Splain (Middlebury Union/Middlebury, Vt.) was named to the 2004 CoSIDA Women's College Division At-Large Academic All-America third-team.
Presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America, Academic All-Americans must maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average, be a starter or significant reserve, and be at least a sophomore academically. The At-Large program of the Academic All-America program includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, and water polo. Three teams of 10 Academic All-Americans were selected from the eight CoSIDA All-District first-teams.
Splain is the ninth William Smith student-athlete to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American and the first since Ami Ford '00 earned second-team honors in 2000.
A chemistry and English double major, Splain is a recent inductee into Phi Beta Kappa and was on the Dean's List in each of her four years at William Smith. The 2004 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III National Scholar-Athlete of the Year is a four-time All-UCAA honoree and earned All-Region honors from the IWLCA in each of the past three seasons.
Splain was also presented with the C. Markland Kelly Division III Goalie of the Year Award at the IWLCA awards banquet, a distinction that was announced last week, along with first-team All-American praise.
One of the top goalkeepers in William Smith history, Splain holds the Heron career record for wins (59), ranks second in career saves (627) and career goals against average (6.81), and is seventh in career save percentage (.587). This season, she led the Herons to their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance with a 7.40 goals against average and a .598 save percentage, both of which ranked in the top-20 in the nation.
The Herons finished the season with a 16-2 overall record, tying the program record for wins in a season. They captured their second consecutive UCAA title with a 9-8 victory over Union and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Appearing in NCAA postseason play for the 16th time, William Smith fell to Wheaton, 14-13, in the regional semifinal.