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Kotofski Named to ESPN Academic All-America First Team

WALTHAM, Mass. — Frostburg State senior forward Karen Kotofski (Glen Burnie, Md./Northeast) has been named to the 2004 ESPN Academic All-America® Women's Soccer Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Kotofski was one of 11 players voted to the national first team and is the first-ever Bobcat women’s soccer player to earn top national academic honors.

Kotofski, who owns a 3.713 grade point average in early childhood/elementary education, was named to the Academic All-District II First Team earlier this month. She was a second-team All-District selection in both her sophomore and junior seasons.

"There's no athlete I've worked with in college soccer as deserving of this honor as Karen,” said Bobcat head coach Brian Parker. “She has been totally committed to learning and to academic success here at FSU, and this award is a reflection of that commitment. She is an outstanding student and will be an even better teacher."

This fall, Kotofski was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year for the second straight year after setting a Bobcat single-season record with 54 points on 21 goals and 12 assists. She surpassed the former mark of 53 points she set in 2003.

In the latest NCAA Division III statistics, Kotofski is tied for 13th in the nation in points per game (2.65) and is also tied for 23rd in goals per game (1.05). She is just shy of ranking in the top 25 in assists per game (.60).

She helped lead the Bobcats to a 14-3-3 overall record and an 8-1 mark in the AMCC. Frostburg State won its fourth straight AMCC Tournament title and earned a fourth consecutive berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The Bobcats edged Westminster 5-3 in penalty kicks to advance to the second round for the second year in a row before falling to eventual national quarterfinalist Christopher Newport 1-0.

Kotofski also set a school career record with 26 assists, moving past Erin Hawley’s mark of 25 set from 1994-1997. Kotofski continued to add to her FSU career records for both goals and points as well, finishing with 83 goals and 192 points.

During her career, Kotofski helped the Bobcats to a combined 57-21-7 overall record, four AMCC Tournament titles, four NCAA Tournament appearances and two AMCC regular-season crowns.

Kotofski was named to the All-AMCC first team three times and the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional All-America squad twice.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780