Feb. 23, 2007
Greensboro, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference and Commissioner John D. Swofford announced Tuesday, February 20, the honorees for this year's All-ACC Academic Team. Florida State was recognized with four student-athletes on this year's team including senior Kelly Rowland, junior Kirsten van de Ven, sophomore Katrin Schmidt and freshman Becky Edwards. All 11 schools in the league competing in women's soccer were represented on the honors team.
"This is a great honor for our players," stated head coach Mark Krikorian. "We are really putting an emphasis on all aspects of development at Florida State. Obviously, the on the field development plays an important part, but performing in the classroom and taking an active role in the community are equally important to us. It is nice to see our players being recognized for their academic achievements. I am very proud of our players and I look forward to seeing more development from them as they continue to thrive in the classroom."
Rowland, a senior defender, graduates this spring with a degree in Business Management. She earned second-team All-ACC honors as a senior, while leading the Seminoles to three College Cup appearances in her four-year playing career. Rowland tallied five goals and four assists this past season, playing and starting in 25 games. She was named a first-team All-American by the NSCAA in 2006.
Van de Ven saw action in 24 games this past season in the Florida State midfield. She registered five points on a goal and three assists as van de Ven started 11 straight games to start the season and 19 overall. The junior from Heesch, Holland scored her first goal of the season against Jacksonville. Van de Ven is majoring in Psychology.
Schmidt earns her second nod on the All-ACC Academic team as one of 18 student-athletes who repeated from last year's inaugural squad. A sophomore majoring in Social Science, Schmidt had a breakout season on the field for the Seminoles in 2006 as she tallied five goals and three assists while playing as a defender. Schmidt, a second-team All-American in 2006, was also honored nationally for her academic standards as she was named to the Academic All-District third team by CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine. The Schleiden, Germany native was a finalist for the Soccer Buzz Player of the Year award.
Edwards started in every game as a freshman for Florida State in 2006 leading the team in assists (8) and game-winning assists. She tied the FSU freshman record for game-winning assists and became the fifth Seminole freshmen to lead the team in assists. She was a member of the All-ACC Freshman Team, while earning second team Soccer America freshmen accolades. Edwards, a native of Downington, Pa., is majoring in business.