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Five Irish Receive ACC All-Academic Team Honors

Feb. 1, 2018

By Megan Golden

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its women’s soccer All-Academic Team on Thursday, and five University of Notre Dame student-athletes were selected to the team. Notre Dame’s Monica Flores, Natalie Jacobs, Ginny McGowan, Jennifer Westendorf and Sandra Yu were recognized for their academic standing as well as their performance on the field.

ACC All-Academic Team members must obtain a 3.0 GPA in the previous semester and own a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in their academic careers. Athletic achievements during the 2017 season also are considered.

Yu, who currently is enrolled in the Masters in Management program, previously was named a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American. Yu became the 53rd United Soccer Coaches All-American in program history on Nov. 30.

A native of Strongsville, Ohio, Yu was drafted by Portland Thorns FC on January 18 after a career season. Yu started all 22 games for Notre Dame in 2017 and earned the start in each of the team’s last 63 games. Yu’s 21 points, eight goals and five assists more than doubled her previous career high totals.

Flores, a native of Livingston, New Jersey, appeared in 19 games and tallied seven points on one goal and five assists for the Irish. Flores graduated with a degree in pre-professional studies in the fall.

McGowan, a marketing major, finished her career this past fall, when she played in 22 games on defense for the Irish. McGowan netted the final penalty kick in Notre Dame’s NCAA second round match at Texas A&M to advance to the Sweet 16.

Westendorf, who is studying accountancy, played in all 22 of Notre Dame’s contests. The sophomore forward recorded the second-most points of any Irish player with 27. Westendorf tallied 10 goals and a tied for the team lead with seven assists in 2017.

Jacobs, a film, television and theatre major, totaled 33 points on 13 goals and seven assists last season.

The academic honor marks the second of its kind for Westendorf and Yu.

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2017 ACC Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team
**Lauren Berman, Sr., M, Boston College (Sociology)
Sam Coffey, Fr., F/M, Boston College (Political Science)
Carly Leipzig, Jr., F, Boston College (Psychology)
Julie Mackin, So., M/F, Clemson (Nursing)
Jenna Polonsky, GS, M/F, Clemson (Youth Development)
***Sam Staab, Jr., M/D, Clemson (Accounting)
Chelsea Burns, Jr., D/M, Duke (Psychology and Neuroscience)
**Schuyler DeBree, Sr., D, Duke (Environmental Science)
**Imani Dorsey, Sr., F, Duke (Environmental Science)
Kayla McCoy, Jr., F, Duke (Cultural Anthropology)
Ashton Miller, Sr., M/F, Duke (Psychology)
Taylor Mitchell, Fr., D/M, Duke (Undecided)
***EJ Proctor, Sr., GK, Duke (Visual Media Studies)
Rebecca Quinn, Sr., M, Duke (Biology)
Taylor Racioppi, Jr., M, Duke (International Computing)
Morgan Reid, Sr., D, Duke (Evolutionary Anthropology)
Dallas Dorosy, Jr, M, Florida State (Social Science)
****Emma Koivisto, Sr., D, Florida State (Business — Finance)
***Kaycie Tillman, Jr., M, Florida State (DM: Risk Management)
Emma Ekic, Fr., M, Louisville (Exercise Science)
**Ronnie Johnson, Sr., F, Miami (International Finance & Marketing/Entrepreneurship)
**Phallon Tullis-Joyce, R-Jr., GK, Miami (Marine Science/Biology)
Julia Ashley, Jr., D, North Carolina (Exercise and Sport Science)
Dorian Bailey, Jr., M, North Carolina (Exercise and Sport Science)
**Megan Buckingham, Sr., M, North Carolina (Media and Journalism)
Lulu Guttenberger, Fr., D, NC State (Sport Management)
Hannah Keogh, Jr., D, NC State (Mechanical Engineering)
**Tziarra King, So., M, NC State (Nutrition Science)
**Kia Rankin, So., F, NC State (Business Administration)
**Ricci Walking, So., M, NC State (Program Management)
Sydney Wooten, Jr., GK, NC State (Biological Sciences)
Monica Flores, Sr., D, Notre Dame (Pre-Professional)
Natalie Jacobs, So., F, Notre Dame (Film, Television & Theatre)
Ginny McGowan, Sr., D, Notre Dame (Marketing)
**Jennifer Westendorf, So., F, Notre Dame (Accountancy)
**Sandra Yu, GS, M, Notre Dame (Masters in Management)
Courtney Brosnan, Sr., GK, Syracuse (Biology)
Betsy Brandon, Jr., M, Virginia (Spanish/Speech Pathology & Audiology)
**Veronica Latsko, Sr., F, Virginia (Foreign Affairs/Public Policy & Leadership)
Zoe Morse, So., M, Virginia (Arts & Sciences)
Megan Reid, Sr., D, Virginia (Foreign Affairs)
Laurel Ivory, Fr., GK, Virginia (Arts & Sciences)
Alani Johnson, Sr., F, Virginia Tech (Human Nutrition, Food & Exercise)
Amanda McGlynn, So., GK, Virginia Tech (Human Nutrition, Food & Exercise)
Hannah Betfort, Fr, F, Wake Forest (Undecided)
Bayley Feist, Jr., M, Wake Forest (Communication)
Ally Haran, Sr., D, Wake Forest (Communication)
***Maddie Huster, Sr., M, Wake Forest (Health & Exercise Science)
Victoria Krug, Fr., D, Wake Forest (Undecided)
Lindsay Preston, Sr., GK, Wake Forest (Economics)

Asterisk indicates the number of honors a student-athlete has received.


Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame baseball and women’s soccer programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.