Oct. 30, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – CoSIDA, in conjunction with ESPN the Magazine, announced the Academic District III winners of the University Division on Thursday, October 30. Florida State placed five student-athletes on this year’s District III team, leading all schools in the district, as Becky Edwards, Sanna Talonen, Marissa Kazbour, Katrin Schmidt and Lauren Switzer all received honors.
Edwards and Talonen earned second-team recognition, while Kazbour, Schmidt and Switzer each received third team honors.
All five student-athletes have played an integral role in the success of the Seminoles in 2008 leading the team to a regular season record of 13-2-1 and a 7-1-0 mark in the ACC.
Edwards has appeared in 14 games making 11 starts in 2008. She tallied her first points of the season on a goal and an assist in Florida State’s 5-0 victory over Wake Forest. Edwards has been part of the Seminole defensive unit that leads the ACC in goals against average (0.55), fewest goals allowed (9) and shutouts (10). Florida State has limited the opposition to a goal or less in 14 of 16 games in 2008 while helping to string together four consecutive shutouts in league play for the first time in school history. Edwards is a four-time member of the Dean’s List at Florida State and a two-time member of both the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll. Last year, the Downingtown, Pa., native was named to the Academic All-District III first team by CoSIDA and ESPN the Magazine.
Talonen has once again proven to be an offensive threat in her second season at Florida State as she leads the team in points (25), goals scored (11) and game-winning goals (5). Earlier this year, Talonen set the school record for career multi-goal games and she is currently tied for first place all-time with 11 career game-winning goals. The Finnish native sits atop the league leaders in the ACC in three offensive categories. Talonen is a two-time member of the Dean’s List at Florida State. She picked up All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll accolades as a freshman.
Kazbour has tallied eight points in her sophomore campaign on three goals and two assists. The Valrico, Fla., native had a career night against Wake Forest as she tallied her first multi-goal game with two goals in the Seminoles’ 5-0 victory. Kazbour has started six games this year in 15 appearances. Her first goal of the season came on the road in a win over Penn State. The goal would go down as the eventual game-winner, the first of her career. Kazbour is a two-time member of the Dean’s List at Florida State. Along with Talonen, she also picked up All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll accolades as a freshman.
Schmidt is one of two, four-year starters on this year’s team. She has started every game in 2008 and 93 in her career ranking third all-time for career starts. The German native is averaging over 85 minutes on the pitch in 2008 while playing a season-high 90+ minutes 12 times. Along with Edwards, Schmidt has also been a valuable member of the Seminole backline that leads the ACC in goals against average (0.55), fewest goals allowed (9) and shutouts (10). Florida State has limited the opposition to a goal or less in 14 of 16 games in 2008 while helping to string together four consecutive shutouts in league play for the first time in school history. Schmidt is a five-time member of the Dean’s List at Florida State. She also earned President’s List honors in the fall of 2007 for earning a 4.0 GPA. The senior defender is a three-time member of the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll. Last year, Schmidt was named a first team Academic All-American by the NSCAA.
Switzer has had a career season in her second year at Florida State appearing in 16 matches while making four starts. The junior midfielder ranks third on the team with 14 points tallying four goals and six assists. In the first six matches of the season, Switzer matched her previous career point total of 11 on three goals and five assists. She sits second on the team with six assists and ranks eighth in the ACC in assists per game at 0.38. The St. Charles, Ill., native was named to the Dean’s List at Florida State following the spring 2008 semester. She also earned a spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll last year.
For a complete listing of the CoSIDA Academic All-District III honorees for 2008, please see the attached PDF.