December 24, 2012
St. John's women on NSCAA All-East scholar teams
QUEENS, N.Y. Ė St. Johnís womenís soccer had five student-athletes placed on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America University Division Scholar All-East Region.
Junior midfielder-defender Amy Marron and senior forward Runa Stefansdottir were voted to the NSCAA All-East Region third team, while Kristina Quan, Sarah Ashmore and Morgan Ritter received honorable mentions.
Marron, a psychology major from Valhalla, N.Y., boasted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.56. Marron, who began her career at St. Johnís as a forward-midfielder, moved to center back halfway through the past season to fill a needed role. In her first two appearances as a defender, Marron helped St. John's to a pair of shutout wins over local rivals Rutgers (Sept. 28) and Seton Hall (Sept. 30). She played a vital part of a defense that held the Scarlet Knights and Pirates to six combined shots on goal. Marron marked Olympian and All-Big first-team selection Jonelle Filigno of Rutgers, holding the forward to one shot on goal.
Marron started 12 games this season, after sitting out the first four games with a hand injury and missing one mid-season game with a head injury. She logged 1,093 minutes of playing time and scored a goal against Columbia (Sept. 9).
In November, Marron earned All-Big East third team honors. She was voted to the All-Big East second team in 2011 and received all-conference pre-season accolades this season.
Stefansdottir, a Queens transplant from Reykjavik, Iceland, finished the season with a 3.71 culmulative GPA, majoring in adolescent education. The senior midfielder-forward finished with five points on two goals and one assist. She scored the game-winning goal against Seton Hall (Sept. 30) on senior day and started 17 games.
In her career, Stefansdottir finished with 22 points, on seven goals, three game-winners and eight assists.
A junior defender from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Quan boasted a 4.0 cumulative GPA in chemistry. Her career awards also include 2010-11 and 2011-12 Big East All-Academic Team honors, 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team honors and 2011 second-team accolades.
Quan played in integral role in the Red Storm defense, starting 11 of the 13 games she played. She helped St. John's to four shutouts. The junior played 10 games start to finish of the 13 and logged 1,092 minutes.
Ashmore, a junior defender, recorded ed a 3.87 GPA in chemistry. The Fort Collins, Colo., native has been a consistent starter since her rookie season. Ashmore recorded her first career point with an assist against George Mason (Aug. 17). Ashmore started 15 games and played eight games from start to finish, including two extratime games.
She has played in 50 career games, with 41 starts. Ashmore also was a member of the 2011-12 All-Big East Academic Team.
Ritter, a junior communications major from Northridge, Calif., registered a cumulative GPA of 3.67. Starting in 11 games, Ritter had a career-best four points with one goal and two assists. She played in 17 games and scored the game-winner against George Mason (Aug. 17). Her two assists came against Fordham (Sept. 7) and Air Force (Aug. 24).
In her career, Ritter played in 54 games and started 21. She was selected to the 2010-11 and 2011-12 Big East All-Academic teams.
Last month, the St. Johnís womenís soccer team earned the NSCAAís team academic award for the 10th consecutive season (2003-12).