HARRISONBURG, Va., June 22, 2010 - James Madison senior goalkeeper Kelsey Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland) was honored Tuesday as the Colonial Athletic Association Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, becoming the first student-athlete, male or female, to repeat as a CAA honoree.
In addition to being the first multiple honoree in the award's history, dating back to 2002-03, Cutchins is also the only JMU student-athlete to be named CAA Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was eligible for the award after earning her third straight CAA Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete Award in 2009.
The CAA honor comes one week after Cutchins became the first NCAA Division I athlete in JMU history to be honored as a three-time Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). That award came after she was chosen to the Third Team as a sophomore and Second Team as a junior. Cutchins is just the fifth First Team Academic All-American in JMU history and has now earned three of the four honors in JMU field hockey history.
In addition to her three Academic All-America honors, two CAA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, and three CAA Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete accolades, Cutchins is also the two-time JMU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 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. She was selected to receive the JMU Psychology Department's Senior Award for Distinguished Service.
On the field, Cutchins is a two-time All-American, three-time All-Region selection, three-time All-State, two-time State Player of the Year, three-time First Team 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 conference selected a Scholar-Athlete of the Year in each of its 22 championship sports this season, and those winners were placed on the ballot for the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. All of the winners were a starter or important reserve on their team and had a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Not only did the finalists excel in the classroom, but also as athletes, with 18 of the Scholar-Athletes earning All-CAA honors this season.
JMU senior baseball player Mike Fabiaschi (Torrington, Conn./Torrington) received votes for consideration as CAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, which went to George Mason men's soccer player Richard Edgar. Fabiaschi was the 2010 CAA Baseball Scholar-Athlete award winner.