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Monday, Nov. 14, 2005

FLEISCHER, SEGURA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT

Both soccer players second-team choices  to College Division District 1 team

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Senior forward Carl Segura (AMHERST, MA) and junior midfielder Carrie Fleischer (TOLLAND) have been named to the ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-District men’s and women’s soccer teams, respectively. Both were second-team choices to the District 1 team.

A psychology major, Segura has a 3.81 grade-point average and is the men’s program’s third selection in six years. He was one of 23 selections to the team.  A math major with an overall grade-point average of 3.95, Fleischer was one of 22 district selections to the women’s team. Student-athletes from Division II and III from institutions located in New England and New York were eligible for consideration.

Fleischer’s inclusion on the prestigious team follows her selection last week as a second-team choice to the All-Little East Conference women’s soccer team.

“Carrie embodies exactly what we are looking for not only in the soccer program, but as an Eastern student-athlete,” praised sixth-year head soccer coach Chris D’Ambrosio. “She has excellent academics, great citizenship and awesome athletics and  has a great balance between the three. Her work ethic in the classroom and on the field is impeccable,” added D’Ambrosio. “Things have come to fruition for her this year both academically and athletically.”

Fleischer, who is minoring in education, has been on the Dean’s List (minimum 3.50 GPA) each semester and has attained a perfect 4.0 in three of four semesters. She will qualify to receive an ECSU/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award (minimum cumulative 3.50 GPA) in her first season of eligibility this year.

Last year, Fleischer’s academic achievement helped her team post the highest cumulative GPA among all 17 of Eastern’s intercollegiate programs.

A member of two conference tournament championship teams and NCAA qualifiers at Eastern, Fleischer  finished  third on in scoring (6-5-17 points) this year for the Warriors, who won the Little East Conference regular season and playoff titles and qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament.  She started 19 of the team’s 20 matches and averaged just under 70 minutes per game. As a sophomore last year, she converted the winning penalty kick in sudden death against Western Connecticut State Univeristy that vaulted Eastern into the conference tournament final.

Segura, who is minoring in business, has been a member of the Dean’s List five times in six semesters. He is also a member of the Honors Program  and the Psi Chi National Honor Society for Psychology majors and is Eastern’s student representative to the Connecticut State University Board of Trustees. In his second year of eligibility this May, Segura  will receive for the second straight year an ECSU/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award (minimum 3.50 overall GPA).

“Carl is very deserving of this honor,” praised 16th-year head coach Frantz Innocent. “He is an outstanding representative not only of our  program, but of the University. For four years, he has been an example for others to follow both on the field and in the classroom.”

A team tri-captain, Segura appeared in all 16 matches for the 8-7-1 Warriors this past fall, starting five and scoring a goal and adding an assist. In his career, he saw action in 64 of a possible 73 matches and led all players on this year’s team with 14 career points (five goals, four assists). As a junior, he scored the winning goal in sudden-death overtime on the final day of the regular season to provide Eastern with a berth in the Little East Conference tournament.

Previously, Ryan Smith in 2002 and Mike Murphy in 2000 were named to the academic all-district men’s soccer team from Eastern.

To be eligible for consideration for the all-academic team, which is co-sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA), a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore and be a  starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average.

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