SouthtownStar Athletes on Campus: Alec Pickett honored
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media November 9, 2012 7:14PM
Lewis goalkeeper Alec Pickett. Supplied photo
Updated: December 12, 2012 6:28AM
Lewis University student-athlete Alec Pickett, a resident of Mokena, has been selected to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 4 Men’s Soccer First Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
With the distinction, Pickett, who has a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average in physics, is eligible for Academic All-America status.
Pickett, who prepped at Providence, played in 13 games this season, making 11 starts in goal for the Flyers. The junior posted a 1.17 goals-against average, a save percentage of .759 and made 44 saves. Pickett recorded four wins on the season as Lewis finished 9-9 overall and 9-6 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
“Alec is a tireless worker on the field and in the classroom,” Lewis men’s soccer coach Evan Fiffles said in a statement. “He deserves to be rewarded for his efforts.”
Good for Goulding
For the second consecutive season, Rockford College goalkeeper Mick Goulding (Bremen) earned postseason honors from the Northern Athletics Conference.
Goulding, who was one of the Regents’ captains this season, earned a spot on the Honorable Mention All-NAC Team. The Midlothian resident is Rockford’s first men’s soccer player to ever be voted onto an All-NAC postseason team in multiple seasons.
Last season, his first at Rockford, Goulding was named to the All-NAC Second Team.
Despite his team’s struggles this season, Goulding anchored the Regents’ defense, starting all 17 of Rockford’s matches and leading the NAC in saves and saves-per-game for the second straight season.
In addition, the senior was second in Division III this year with 163 saves, and sixth with an average of 9.59 saves per match. Goulding also ranked in the top 10 in the NAC in save percentage and minutes played for a goalie.
St. Xavier University senior Ashley Shares (Stagg) was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Female Cross Country Runner of the Week for the timeframe ending Oct. 14.
Competing at the Bethel College Cross Country Invitational, the Palos Park resident set a personal-best time and meet record of 18 minutes, 21 seconds over the 5K course.
Shares’ first-place finish enabled the Cougars to place third in the meet behind Aquinas College and Indiana Wesleyan University.
For Shares, it marked the second time this season she had been recognized by the CCAC. She also was named the Female Cross Country Runner of the Week for the period ending Sept. 9.