CoSIDA -- The 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® Women's Soccer Teams have been released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) by a trio of Grand Valley State University women's soccer honorees, Gabriella Mencotti on first team, Shannon Quinn on the second team and Madz Ham landing on third team. Additionally, Mencotti was named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year.
A finance/marketing major with a 3.73 GPA, Mencotti is a repeat first team selection from 2016. She was the leading scorer in Division II for the second year in a row, finishing with 30 goals and 10 assists for 70 points. The native of Novi, Michigan finished her career with 85 goals and 215 points, each of which ranks second in Laker history. Her 43 assists ranks third all-time at Grand Valley State. She led GVSU to a 20-4-0 record this year, reaching the Elite 8 before losing to top-ranked Central Missouri. During her four seasons, the Lakers won two national championships (2014 and '15) and finished as the national runner-up in 2016. Grand Valley State had an 88-9-4 record during that period. Mencotti was the 2016 D2CCA Player of the Year and an NSCAA All-American. She is a four-time All-GLIAC first team selection and was named the 2017 GLIAC Offensive Player of the year.
Quinn, a starting center back in all 24 matches this season, was a first team GLIAC selection and earned D2CCA Midwest Region and CoSIDA Academic All-District first team honors, qualifying her for All-America voting for both. In 2016, she was an NSCAA Scholar All-American and D2CCA third team All-American.
Ham, a starting center back in 19 matches this season, was also a first team GLIAC selection for the dominant GVSU back line. The junior excels in the classroom with a 3.92 GPA in Public and Nonprofit Administration.