CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior forward Meghan McCool (Glenside, Pa.) earned 2019 Academic All-America honors as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) it was announced by the organization on Thursday (Dec. 5).
McCool, who holds a 3.53 grade point average while majoring in American Studies with a minor in Health and Wellbeing, was named to the second team. She is one of four players from the Atlantic Coast Conference to be named to one of the three CoSIDA Academic All-America teams.
To be eligible for selection as an Academic All-America, McCool was voted a first-team Academic All-District selection in November. Any player selected to an All-District first team then moved to the national All-America ballot. A combination of athletic and academic achievement is considered for selection to Academic All-America honors.
McCool tied for the team lead in goals with 15 this season, including six game-winning goals, as she tallied 33 points on her way to All-ACC first team honors. The senior hit the golden goal for Virginia in the program’s first win at No. 5 Florida State since the 2008 season. Four of her game-winning goals came against nationally-ranked opponents. With the College Cup remaining, she is tied with teammate Diana Ordonez (Prosper, Texas) as the ACC leader in goals scored and tied for the league lead in game-winning goals.
The Cavaliers finished the season with a 17-2-3 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 32nd time in program history with its 26th consecutive appearance this season. The 32 overall appearances are second-most all-time and the 26 consecutive appearances is the second longest active streak nationally. Virginia spent eight weeks at the top of the rankings throughout the course of the season.
For more information regarding the Academic All-America program, visit https://academicallamerica.com/.