Wingate University places two student-athletes on Academic All-American teams
Date Posted: 11/23/2015
Austin, Texas----Wingate University junior midfielder Kaitlyn Brunworth (Littleton, Colo.) has been named a third team Academic All-America® honoree by CoSida. The two-time Academic All-District selection earns Academic All-America® recognition for the first time in her career.
Brunworth is the first Wingate women's soccer player to earn Academic All-America® honors since 2006, when Heather Schlick earned first team honors. Brunworth and Schlick are the only two Academic All-America® selections in Wingate women's soccer history. With Brunworth and senior men's soccer player Cameron Burrows(Cary, N.C.) earning academic honors on Monday, the Bulldogs have 88 Academic All-America® honorees all-time.
Wingate is first among NCAA Division II Academic All-America®-producing colleges in the 2000's with 79 selections. Among North Carolina's colleges and universities, Wingate's 79 Academic All-America® honorees are number one during this millennium (Duke is second). Wingate's 88 lifetime Academic All-America® picks are tops among all South Atlantic Conference schools.
Brunworth was an immediate contributor at Wingate. She has started 60 matches in her three seasons, starting 20 games in 2013 as a freshman when the Bulldogs won their first-ever NCAA Southeast Regional title. Brunworth made 20 starts as a sophomore, helping the Bulldogs win their second straight SAC Tournament title. She earned first team All-SAC and All-Region honors while also being named the SAC Scholar-Athlete.
Brunworth started all 20 matches for Wingate in 2015, leading the team with six goals, three assists and 15 points, earning first team all-conference honors. She netted four game-winners on the year, including game-winning goals in both of Wingate's 1-0 SAC Tournament victories. The 'Dogs went 15-3-2 during the 2015 season, ranking as high as ninth nationally. Wingate earned its fifth consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament, while playing in the SAC Tournament championship match for the sixth straight year.
A Biology major, Brunworth has a 4.0 GPA in her junior year at Wingate. She is also a Spanish minor. A member of the university's Honors Program, Brunworth has been named to the President's List in every semester at Wingate. The 2014 SAC Scholar-Athlete is also a two-time member of the SAC Honor Roll.
A team captain, Brunworth is a Spanish tutor and Biology lab assistant at Wingate. She is also a Gateway peer mentor, spending one hour per week helping freshmen adjust to college life. Brunworth participated in United Way Day of Caring as a freshman. She also volunteers two hours per week at a local medical clinic, spending time translating and scheduling appointments for Spanish-speaking patients. Brunworth spent a week in Honduras in 2013, building a school for kids in an impoverished neighborhood.
On the men's side, Wingate University senior Cameron Burrows (Cary, N.C.) has been named a first team Academic All-America® selection by CoSida. The two-time Academic All-District™ selection earns Academic All-America® honors for the second time in his career. He was a third team selection in 2013.
Burrows is the first Wingate men's soccer player to earn Academic All-America® honors twice in his career since Kerrin Sheldon earned the honor in 2006 and 2007.
"I'm very proud of Cameron," Wingate head coach Gary Hamill says. "As a student-athlete, he has been a great role model both on and off the field for our program."
Burrows has been a kay player for the Bulldogs all four years of his career. He made 12 starts his freshman season, appearing in 17 games while helping Wingate win its first-ever NCAA Southeast regional title. He started all 17 games during his sophomore year, earning third team Academic All-America® accolades. Burrows appeared in every game during his junior year, helping the Bulldogs win the regular season SAC title.
Burrows appeared in 20 games during the 2015 season for the Bulldogs, collecting a pair of assists for the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament champion Bulldogs. Wingate went 14-4-4 overall and 9-2 in thee SAC in 2015. Burrows has helped Wingate rank in the top three in the conference in goals-against average in each of his four years at Wingate. The 'Dogs led the conference in goals-against average and shutouts in 2015.
A Business Marketing major, Burrows has a 3.9 GPA in his senior year at Wingate. He has been named to the President's List each of his first three years, while also being named to the SAC Honor Roll every year. Burrows is in Wingate's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, where he has been involved with the Make-A-Wish fundraising. Burrows also volunteers at Unified Diversified Industries, a non-profit organization that helps with adults who have developmental disabilities.