April 4, 2013

Ithaca's Salant earns NCAA scholarship

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Senior Becca Salant of the Ithaca College women's soccer team has been awarded a Postgraduate Scholarship by the NCAA. Salant was one of 29 winners selected from nominations, encompassing NCAA Division I, II and III, that included all women's fall sports.

D3Soccer.com Goalkeeper of the Year and First-Team all-America selection, Salant is earning her degree in clinical health studies from Ithaca. She was named to the NCAA Division III Academic All-America Women's Soccer Team. Salant was a second-team selection after earning first-team all-district honors. Additionally, she received NSCAA College Division Scholar All-America second-team nods after being named to the NSCAA College Division Scholar All-East Region First Team.

Salant was named to the All-Empire 8 first team this season. Ranking fourth in the nation with a save percentage of .914 and seventh with a goals-against average of .369, Salant collected 11 complete shutouts. Salant made 85 saves during 1,949 minutes in goal. This season she was twice dubbed Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Week.

She is the 11th Bomber student-athlete to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the first since women's track & field athlete Emma Dewart in 2012. This is the fourth consecutive year Ithaca has had a scholarship recipient.

To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution's faculty athletics representative. Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes.

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