Allison Boender Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in Women’s Soccer
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Calvin College senior Allison Boender has been named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in women’s soccer. The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American teams are voted on by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America (CoSIDA).
A native of Grandville and a graduate of Grandville Calvin Christian High School, Boender has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third team in women’s soccer in the college division. The college division includes NCAA II and III schools as well as NAIA institutions.
A three-year starter on the defensive backline for Calvin, Boender is the first Academic All-American in women’s soccer at Calvin since Cara Jansen, also a defender, received the award in both 1998 and 1999.
This fall, Boender was named to the All-MIAA first team for the second straight year as she was part of a Calvin defense that allowed only three goals against MIAA competition. She has also been a key component of a Calvin defense that has allowed only nine goals all year and is ranked 15th nationally in goals-against-average (0.494) and 19th in shutout percentage (.667) as the Knights have 13 shutouts this fall. She has also scored one goal, despite playing on the defensive backline.
Boender is part of a Calvin women’s soccer team that captured the 2009 MIAA title and is currently 15-4-1 overall and still alive in the NCAA III Tournament as the Knights are scheduled to compete in a national semi-quarterfinal game at Augustana College (IL) this weekend.
In the classroom, Boender carries a 3.90 grade point average while majoring in nursing. She is a three-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and a six-time member of the Calvin Dean’s List.
Calvin has now had its athletes receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades 81 times including 50 times in the last 12 years.