Enniskerry native Emma Russell has added another award to her collection in the US as she was one of four members of the Syracuse University team to be named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team.
The junior forward helped the Orange advanced to its first-ever NCAA Tournament final. Syracuse ultimately lost, 1-0, to Roisin Upton’s Connecticut.
The award is given for a combination of sporting and academic excellence. In total, 35 student-athletes were named to the All-ACC Academic Team, with Duke’s senior goalkeeper Lauren Blazing earning ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
To be eligible for consideration, one must have earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for their academic career.
Russell, a junior economics major, collected her second All-ACC Academic Team accolade.
She led the squad the goal scoring stakes with 21 goals and four assists for good measure, the third highest in Syracuse history.
Russell was one of two Orange named to the Longstreth/NFCHA Division I All-America First Team and saw her award confirmed on Wednesday morning along with team mates Lauren Brooks, Laura Hurff and Jordan Page.