Rafaelle Souza was named a Capital One Academic All-America selection on Tuesday.
Nov. 26, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. – Senior forward Rafaelle Souza has been named as a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, the organization announced on Tuesday with the release of its annual Academic All-America team.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must hold a 3.3 GPA or higher and must be in their second year at the nominating institution. Student-athletes must also have competed in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the time of nomination.
A senior on the squad, Souza boasts a 3.75 GPA in Engineering and will earn her degree after only three years at Ole Miss. She was named an Academic All-District first team selection after voting through CoSIDA members in District 6, advancing her to the Academic All-America committee and making her eligible for the national award.
Souza was also named the 2013 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, marking the second straight season for the forward to claim the award as she shared the distinction with Missour’s Allison Hu in 2012.
On the field, Souza helped led the Rebels to the best season in program history and worked her way to the top of the record books along the way. Ole Miss posted a 16-win season to mark the post wins in school history and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to the top seeded Florida State Seminoles.
It was only the second time for the Rebels to advance past the first round of the NCAA Tournament and Ole Miss hosted an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in program history with a resounding 9-0 victory over Jackson State in the opening round of play in Oxford.
Souza scored 22 goals on the season to give her 44 goals for her career as the forward took over the top spot in the Ole Miss record books. Her 22 goals is tied for third nationally, and her 50 points (Souza added six assists this season) is tied for second nationally.
She sits atop the SEC in both categories as all SEC teams have completed competition and been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.
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