Following a season that saw Princeton advance to the NCAA quarterfinals, senior Natalie Larkin has been named a CoSIDA third-team Academic All-America honoree.
A student in Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Larkin was part of a back line that contributed to 12 shutouts, tied for the second-most in program history, and helped the team advance through three NCAA tournament games for the second time in program history. Princeton recorded three wins over ranked opponents, including the 2-1 win over No. 2 North Carolina in the NCAA round of 16, plus a tie against No. 21 N.C. State in the second round in which Princeton advanced on penalty kicks.
Princeton was a nationally-ranked team since mid-September, rising as high as No. 11 before entering the NCAA tournament at No. 13. The Tigers’ NCAA run lifted the team to No. 7 when the final United Soccer Coaches poll was released Dec. 5.
Larkin, who scored a goal in the season opener against Monmouth and added four assists, including on the game-winning goal at UNC, was a second-team All-Ivy League honoree this season for the fourth time in her career. She started every game she played in her career, 71 in all, including a run of 56 straight beginning with the last two games of her rookie season right through the NCAA quarterfinal at UCLA last month. She finished her time at Princeton with seven goals and 15 assists for a total of 29 points.
Larkin is the second women’s soccer player in Princeton history to earn a CoSIDA Academic All-America honor and earlier was the program’s first player since 2008 to earn Academic All-District recognition. Susan Rea ’00 was a 2000 first-team honoree in the at-large category, which is released at the end of the academic year and encompasses sports that do not have a stand-alone CoSIDA recognition program. Soccer gained a separate Academic All-America program in 2001.