Oct. 30, 2008
Brown senior tri-captain Lindsay Cunningham (Cumberland, RI) and junior Bridget Ballard (Los Angeles, CA) have been named CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District in women's soccer. A forward, Cunningham earned a spot on the First Team, after earning Second Team honors in 2006, while Ballard is making her first appearance on the team, earning Second Team honors. As a First Team selection, Cunningham's nomination will now be forwarded on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. The team is selected by voting members of the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA).
Cunningham currently has a 3.83 GPA and is concentrating in Commerce, Organization, and Entrepreneurship. The Bears' leading scorer with 12 points (5g, 2a), Cunningham also leads the team with five goals and two game-winning goals. A candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Cunningham has been named All-Ivy in each of the previous three seasons, earning Second Team honors a year ago after two straight Honorable Mention selections. A 2007 Academic All-Ivy selection, Cunningham has consistently been among the top scorers on the team in each of her three-plus seasons, missing just two games during this time, both due to injury.
For her career, Cunningham has played in 64 games, starting 50 of them, and has tallied 50 points (18g, 14a). She currently ranks 12th all-time at Brown with 18 career goals, 10th with 14 career assists, and 12th with 50 career points. In addition, she had a career-high eight assists during the 2006 season, which stands 5th all-time. The recipient of the Coaches' Award in 2006, Cunningham has been a SAAC representative since the fall of 2007. She has also volunteered at Fox Point Elementary School since her freshman year, and has served as a youth soccer coach at camps and also providing individual lessons.
Ballard currently has a 3.63 GPA and is concentrating in Neuroscience. She has been the Bears' starting center midfielder in each of the past three-plus seasons, earning Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors a year ago. A selection to the 2006 Soccer Buzz Northeast Region All-Freshman Team, Ballard has started all but four games (due to injury) in her career, playing nearly every minute of every game during this time. She is a big part of the Bears' success in the air, using her 5'10" height to win many headers, while helping to control Brown's midfield transition. In 45 career games, all starts, Ballard has amassed 11 points on three goals and five assists, including 1-2-4 numbers this season. Ballard is also a member of Brown's swimming team, competing in both freestyle and backstroke.
Brown returns to action this weekend when it travels to Philadelphia to face Penn in a 5:00 p.m. match on Saturday.