Nov. 3, 2005
Tallahassee, FL - The fifth-ranked FSU soccer team is having its best season on the field and its best season in the classroom as well. Three Seminoles were named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District team Thursday marking the first such academic honors for a Seminole soccer player in program history. First team All-ACC selection India Trotter led the way being named first team all-district. Defender Kelly Rowland and forward Holly Peltzer were each named to the third team.
"We are thrilled to have our players recognized for their work in the classroom," said FSU Head Coach Mark Krikorian. "All three players have been outstanding both in the classroom and on the soccer field and we are as proud of the academic success as their athletic achievements."
Trotter is in the midst of a dream season in the classroom and on the field. The media production major has a 3.38 GPA and was a member of the Dean's List in the Fall 2004 and the Spring 2005. She was FSU soccer's 2005 Golden Torch Award recipient for having the highest GPA on the soccer team along with being named to the 2005 ACC Honor Roll. On the field Trotter was a candidate for ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors and is a back-to-back All-ACC first team member. She is leading the fifth-ranked Seminoles in assists with nine, which is the second-highest single season total in school history. Trotter is third on the team in points, goals and game-winning goals and she is just the second player in FSU history to record at least eight assists and as many as eight goals. The junior from Ft. Lauderdale is the fourth leading goal scorer among ACC players.
"This is a real honor," said Trotter. "Mark puts a priority on us excelling in the classroom and it is important to me to do well on the field and academically. I enjoy my major and I am well aware of the importance of success on the academic front."
Rowland, a junior business major, was selected to the third team after posting a 3.21 GPA. She was named to the Dean's List in 2005 and the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Rowland has two goals, a game-winning goal and three assists on the season. The Hermann Trophy candidate had another stellar season starting in the middle of the FSU defense. For the third season in a row Rowland has started every game, which now gives her 65 consecutive starts dating back to 2003. She was named to Soccer America's National team of the week and SoccerBuzz's Elite team of the week making her the only FSU player to ever receive double digit national player of the week honors. Rowland has been named to a national team of the week 10 times in three seasons. Rowland once again led all defenders in goals, assists and points. She is now FSU's most prolific scoring defender ever. Rowland leads all FSU backs in career points and assists and is tied for first in career goals.
Sophomore Peltzer has a 3.41 GPA in biological science. She was a Dean's List member this past semester and is a 2005 ACC Academic Honor Roll selection. Peltzer is fourth on the team with six goals and 13 points. She has multi-goal games versus top 25 teams Florida and Clemson. The Lake Mary, FL native was named ACC Player of the Week, Top Drawer Soccer National player of the week, SoccerFLA.com player of the week and to Soccer America's national team of the week after her two-goal performance versus UF.
No. 5 Florida State's returns to action Friday in an ACC semifinal match with No. 7 Virginia (14-4-1). Fans can follow the match via Game Tracker. The game is slated for a 7:30 p.m. kick Friday, November 4. For all your Florida State soccer information, log on to Seminoles.com, the official athletic website for the Florida State University Athletic Department.