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Women's Soccer News & Highlights

December 20, 2012

Rittenhouse Named MAC Scholar-Athlete


Katelyn Rittenhouse earned Academic All-District and Academic All-Area recognition in addition to being named All-Freedom Conference and All-Mid-Atlantic Region.

ANNVILLE, Pa.- The Middle Atlantic Conference Office today released its scholar-athlete award winners for the the recently completed fall season. Eastern University senior Katelyn Rittenhouse was recognized as the MAC Scholar-Athlete for Women's Soccer.

Rittenhouse, who intends to enroll in Medical School, graduated with a degree in Biochemistry earlier this week. She was selected to give the student address at commencement.

On the field, Rittenhouse served as a captain and led the Eagles in minutes played. As a central defender, she organized a back line that allowed only 15 goals and recorded 11 shutouts. Nine of those clean sheets came in the last 13 games of the year. For her efforts, she was selected as a First Team All-Freedom Conference performer and to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic squad. It is the second all-region recognition for her. She was selected in 2009, and then missed nearly all of the next two seasons with knee injuries.

Rittenhouse stands out in the Academic world as well. As a member of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University, she was involved in a pair of summer internships. She spent one summer in Guatemala, and this past summer, she spent in Memphis at St. Jude Children's doing research in pediatric oncology. She has been involved with an ongoing research grant with the Quaker Chemical Company.

While her science skills are exceptional, she also worked as a tutor in Eastern's writing center, and she is an accomplished musician. Starting in January, Rittenhouse will spend a year in research at Lancaster General before starting medical school.

"Katelyn is a very impressive student," Head Women's Soccer Coach Dan Mouw states, "but she is really able to connect with and lead her teammates. While her academic credentials and abilities will certainly help, those who know her understand that that will only be part of what will make her a great doctor.  With so many great student-athletes competing in women's soccer in the MAC, this is a tremendous honor for her and for our program."

The Scholar-Athlete award is given to one senior student athlete in each sport from the 18 member institutions in the MAC. The award is based on an equal weighting of academic and athletic accomplishment. Rittenhouse is the first Eastern Women's Soccer athlete to earn the award.

Updated: Thursday, 10 January 2013


Dan Mouw

Dan Mouw

Dan Mouw enters his twelfth season at the helm of Eastern Women's Soccer in 2014.

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