Dec. 8, 2003
Cary, NC –
While North Carolina winning its 18 national championship was nothing new, the College Cup ended on a high note for the Florida State Seminoles (17-8-1) and freshman India Trotter Sunday. The Ft. Lauderdale, FL native was named to the NCAA’s All-Tournament team making her the first Seminole to ever earn that honor. Only the four teams in the College Cup placed players on the team and North Carolina led the way with seven of the 11 selections.
Trotter was one of just two freshmen to make the squad as UNC’s standout rookie Heather O’Reilly joined her. O’Reilly was not only on the All-Tournament team but she took home offensive MVP honors as the Heels romped to their first title since 2000.
Trotter’s selection came on the heels of one of her best performances of the year versus UConn in the national semifinals and in front of a national TV audience. The central midfielder dominated play in the middle of the pitch for FSU in a game that was scoreless for over 62:00 before the Huskies broke on top.
Trotter had a huge postseason overall. Florida head coach Becky Burleigh credited Trotter and the Seminole midfield for being the difference in the Tribe’s Elite Eight win over the Gators. She recorded a goal and an assist in the 2003 NCAA Tournament but her hustle and ability to dispossess opponents in the center was a huge reason FSU advanced to its first-ever College Cup.
In the NCAA Tournament, she was second on the squad in goals scored and fourth in points and assists. She scored her lone goal versus Dartmouth in her first-ever NCAA Tournament game. Her assist was a big one as it allowed FSU to tie Auburn in the round of 32 and eventually win the game in overtime.