BEMIDJI, Minn. —Student athletes at Bemidji State University excel not only on their respective playing surfaces, but also in the classroom.
One BSU soccer player has done so well in both realms that she has earned a prestigious academic award.
Sophomore forward Brianna Duff (Ramsey, Minn.) has been named to the ESPN the Magazine / College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division All-District Third Team for her efforts on the field and in the classroom. Duff is second on the team for points having scored seven goals and dishing out five assists. Her 19 points have been an important contribution to a Beaver offense that outscored its opponents 45-16 during the regular season. Duff has played in all 18 games so far this season, starting in 17.
Duff is the fifth Beaver to earn Academic All-District honors. Cristina Egnell was the first to be named to a squad when she was named to the third team in 2004. In 2005, she was named to the first team and Erin Foss earned third-team honors. Megan Wallner was also named to the third team in 2007. Last year Alysha Domiano (Jr., Dayton, Minn.) was named to the third team.
Egnell became just the third student-athlete in Bemidji State athletics history to be named to the Academic All-America First Team in 2005.
Duff carries a 4.0 cumulative GPA and is currently majoring in chemistry and food science.