Laura Felix Named CoSIDA Academic All-America

Laura Felix Named CoSIDA Academic All-America

(AUSTIN, Texas) – Thomas More College senior midfielder Laura Felix (Burlington, Ky./St. Henry) was named to the 2016 Division III Academic All-America Women's Soccer team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Friday afternoon.

Felix represents just the 10th Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) women's soccer student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, student-athletes must have a cumulative 3.30 grade-point average (GPA) or higher, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution, and must have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Nominees must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games and be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic and academic credentials.

A team captain this season, Felix was voted the league's Player of the Year on November 10. She is the fourth Thomas More player to earn PAC Player of the Year honors since the Saints entered the PAC in 2005. A biology major, Felix maintains a 3.97 GPA.

A four-time All-PAC selection and two-time first team pick, Felix ranks second on the team in assists (5), fourth in points (17) and is tied for fourth in goals scored (6). She finished the nine-match PAC regular season with four goals and a pair of assists.

A terrific two-way midfielder who has contributed at both ends of the field throughout her career, Felix has totaled 17 goals, 10 assists and 44 points in 87 matches for Thomas More. Recently selected as a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team for the second-straight year, she was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III First Team Scholar All-America in 2015.

Defensively, the Saints currently rank second in NCAA Division III in goals against average (.172) and shutout percentage (.826) and third in win-loss percentage (.978) while having registered 19 combined shutouts this season. The Saints have ceded just four goals this season and have not allowed a goal by a PAC opponent since November 2, 2013, a span of 35 matches (27 regular season, 8 postseason).

A two-time selection to the NSCAA Division III All-Great Lakes First Team, Felix was named a NSCAA Division III All-America Second Team selection following the 2015 season.

Fourth-ranked Thomas More (22-0-1) will face 11th-ranked University of Chicago (17-3) Saturday at noon (EST) in the third round of the NCAA Division III Championship. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is hosting the sectional round at Fiskum Field in Whitewater, Wisconsin.