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Kempainen Honored as D3 Soccer.com First Team All-American for Connecticut College

Kempainen Honored as D3 Soccer.com First Team All-American for Connecticut College

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior central midfielder Astrid Kempainen has been honored as a D3Soccer.com First Team All-American for Connecticut College.

Kempainen was named as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Continental Tire First Team All-American in December.

Norm Riker, the 2014 NESCAC and NSCAA New England Region Coach of the Year was pleased to learn of the recognition for Kempainen by D3Soccer.com.

"The D3 Soccer staff does an incredible job covering the season with scores, open polling, and live links from games across the entire country," Riker said.  "Astrid's selection to the D3 Soccer.com's First team All-American squad is tremendous and yet another validation of her incredible season.  A grassroots vote from this knowledgeable group is a real honor."

You can read more about the D3 Soccer All-America team on their web site at this link.

Kempainen was recognized as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year in November. She tallied 20 points with a league-best 10 assists during her senior campaign. Three of her five goals on the season were game-winning markers. Kempainen joined former Camel central midfielder Christa Thoeresz '05 (2002) as the only Connecticut College players to garner Conference Player of the Year accolades.

Kempainen is the Camels' first women's soccer player to earn All-America honors since Connecticut College Athletic Hall of Famer Kim An Hernandez '99 was named to the team in 1998.

In the classroom, Kempainen has excelled as a Dean's Honors List Student carrying the challenging major of biology. She was recently honored as an NSCAA Scholar All-American and was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Team as well as the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team this fall. 

Astrid Kempainen-2014 Honors

9/15  Kempainen Honored as NESCAC Player of the Week

10/14 Camels Crack NSCAA Top 25 with #22 National Ranking

10/30 Kempainen Named to Capital One/CoSIDA All District 2 Team

11/1 Camels Notch First Home NESCAC Playoff Victory, Defeating Trinity 3-0

The 13th Camel Win Establishes a Single-Season Program Record for Victories

11/8 Camels Top Bowdoin in NESCAC Semifinal Round

11/9 Camels Win College First NESCAC Team Championship on PKs  Against Williams

11/11 Camels Officially Invited to the NCAA Championship Field of 64 Teams

11/13 Kempainen Honored as NESCAC Player of the Year

11/15 Camels Advance to Second Round of NCAA Championship with 3-1 Triumph Over Swarthmore

11/20 Kempainen Honored on NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team

11/25 Kempainen Feted on NESCAC All-Academic Team

12/4   Kempainen Tabbed to NSCAA/Continental Tire All-New England Region Team

12/5   Kempainen Named to NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America First Team

12/17 Kempainen Named to NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team                   

1/6      Kempainen Named to D3Soccer.com All-America First Team