BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo women's soccer captains Carissima Cutrona and Julia Benati were named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District team, as announced by CoSIDA on Monday. Cutrona and Benati earned a spot on the District 1 squad that includes teams from New York, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
"It's not a secret why these are two of the top players in the conference," said head coach Shawn Burke. "Not only do they put up big numbers on the field, they dominate in the classroom as well and truly define what it is to be a great student-athlete."
Benati, an exercise science major with a 3.99 GPA, wrapped up her impressive UB career with her best offensive season of her career. The team captain tied for the team-lead with a career-high seven goals, four assists and 18 points while notching 63 shots. The Dorchester, Ontario native started all 19 matches for the Bulls and was able to earn First Team All-MAC honors while netting 11 points in her final eight matches as a Bull. She closes out her UB career ranked 12th all-time in assists (13), 14th in points (49) and 15th in goals (15).
Cutrona, a psychology major with a 3.91 GPA, wrapped up her junior campaign tied for the team lead with seven goals, four assists and 18 points while leading the Bulls with 66 shots. The shifty forward was able to lead UB with three game-winning goals while starting all 19 matches up front. The team captain currently ranks 11th in program history in goals (20) and 13th in points (50).
The Bulls wrapped up their 2017 campaign earning their fourth straight trip to the MAC Tournament but they saw their season come to an end in the quarterfinal round at Bowling Green. UB posted a 7-9-3 overall record and a 5-4-2 conference mark.