Four Tartans Named CoSIDA Academic All-District for Women’s Soccer
(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – Four Carnegie Mellon University women's soccer players have been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Women's Soccer Team. Junior Alex Adams (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Allegheny) has been selected to the team for the second time and is joined by first-time honorees, graduate student Carolyn Botz (St. Louis, Mo. / MICDS), senior Maddy Lui (Basking Ridge, N.J. / Ridge) and senior Jocelyn Mayer (New York, N.Y. / The Dalton School). To be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must be a starter or significant reserve and maintain a GPA of 3.3 or better.
Carnegie Mellon is part of District 4 that is comprised of all Division III schools in the state of Pennsylvania. All four honorees will now move on to the national ballot for Academic All-America recognition consideration.
Adams is the team leader in points and goals this season with 25 and 11, respectively, and has recorded four multi-goal games including a hat trick against Penn State Altoona. Three of her goals this year have been game winners. Last year, Adams earned CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition after being honored by United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com as a third-team All-American in 2019 following a rookie campaign where she scored a team best 14 goals and broke the school record for points in a season with 34. Seven of her goals were game winners, which tied the school's single-season record. Adams helped lead the program to its first NCAA semifinal appearance and scored in the NCAA semifinal against Messiah that year.
In the classroom, Adams carries a 3.95 grade point average as a mechanical engineering major. She is a research undergraduate assistant, a teaching assistant, and serves as a mechanical engineering student advisory council representative. Adams is a member of Tau Beta Pi and held an internship at RE2 Robotics in mechanical engineering.
A graduate student, Botz returned to CMU for her final year of competition after earning her undergraduate degree in biological sciences with a GPA of 3.45. With 11 wins and five shutouts to her name this season, Botz became the all-time wins leader for the Tartans and now has 35 career wins in goal with 21 career shutouts. In 2019, Botz made a penalty kick save to send the Tartans to the 2019 NCAA semifinal. Botz was also the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. Off the field, Botz volunteers with Special Olympics and Animal Advocates. She has also been a tutor at Lincoln Elementary School and is on the Alpha Epsilon Delta executive board.
Lui holds a 3.96 GPA in mechanical engineering and helps anchor the defense that has 11 shutouts for the year while only conceding seven goals and 34 shots on goal. Lui is a member of Tau Beta Pi and is the acting treasurer of Pi Tau Sigma. She has volunteered with Special Olympics, Bagging Brigade and Rise Against Hunger. In the summer, Lui interned for Moog Inc. in space and defense.
Mayer is a business administration major with a 4.0 GPA. As a midfielder, Mayer has scored twice and assisted on two goals this season while scoring the game-winning goal at New York University. She was recognized on the 2019 NCAA All-Tournament Team for her play in the national semifinal. Mayer is involved in many organizations on campus and serves as the co-president of Investment Banking Academy, is the Tartan Student Fund Portfolio Manager, and is the director of finance for Delta Gamma. Mayer has volunteered with Special Olympics and Service for Sight. An investment banking analyst for Lazard in the summer of 2021, a hedge fund analyst for Abdiel Capital Advisors in 2020, and a venture capital intern for MetaProp in 2019, Mayer has accepted a full-time position as an investment banking analyst for Lazard after graduation.
The season isn't over yet for these four honorees, as the Tartans will open play in the 2021 NCAA Championship tournament on Saturday, November 13 at 1:30 p.m. against Trine College at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.