HARRISONBURG, Va., June 14, 2010 - James Madison senior goalkeeper Kelsey Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland) earned one of the highest honors of her standout four-year career as she was named a First Team Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Cutchins was selected as a First Team Academic All-American in the women's at-large program after being chosen to the Third Team as a sophomore and Second Team as a junior. She is just the second three-time Academic All-American in JMU history as awarded by CoSIDA and the only one at the Division I level. Former men's basketball player Sherman Dillard collected two of his three honors when JMU was in Division II. Cutchins is just the fifth First Team Academic All-American in JMU history and has now earned three of the four overall honors (First, Second, or Third Team) in JMU field hockey history.
In addition to her three Academic All-America honors, Cutchins is the two-time JMU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, three-time CAA Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete, and the 2008-09 CAA overall Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, an honor for which she will be among the candidates again for 2009-10. The psychology major and geography minor was named to the President's List all eight semesters of her JMU career with a career grade point average above 3.9.
On the field, Cutchins is a two-time All-American, three-time All-Region, three-time All-State, two-time State Player of the Year, three-time All-CAA, two-time CAA Player of the Year, three-time ECAC All-Star, and was named a senior All-Star by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. She was also named to the CAA Silver Anniversary Team last fall, making her one of the top 25 field hockey players in the CAA's history.
Cutchins graduated as JMU's all-time record-holder in goals against average (1.10) and minutes in goal (5,581:22). She is also ninth in career save percentage (.771), and seventh in saves (297). As a senior, she led the CAA in save percentage (.796), saves (121) and GAA (1.05) while ranking fifth in the nation in save percentage, and 18th in GAA. Her career GAA of 1.10 ranked 35th in NCAA history at the end of the season.
The Academic All-America honor for Cutchins came from the CoSIDA women's at-large awards, which include the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, and water polo.