BATON ROUGE - For the second year in a row, two LSU soccer stars have been recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America for their academic achievement as juniors Carlie Banks and Natalie Ieyoub were selected to the 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District VI Team.
After earning second-team honors as a sophomore a year ago, Banks has been recognized this season with first-team accolades and she is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2011. Student-athletes receiving first-team academic all-district honors in eight districts across the country join Banks as candidates for Academic All-America recognition from the organization.
A junior from Peachtree City, Ga., has been honored in maintaining an impressive 3.52 cumulative grade-point average while pursuing a degree in kinesiology with a concentration in fitness studies.
Banks wrapped up the 2011 campaign by scoring two goals and dishing out a career-high seven assists for 11 points from her forward position. She has now scored a total of 14 goals and 12 assists for 40 points as an LSU Tiger during her three-year collegiate career in Baton Rouge.
Ieyoub has been honored as an academic all-district performer for the first time in her collegiate career, as she has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI Second Team this fall.
A midfielder from Lake Charles, La., Ieyoub set a new career high with two goals this fall as she wrapped up the season with one assist for five points. Each of Ieyoub's goals this season proved to be game-winners for the Tigers in a 2-1 victory over Oklahoma in their non-conference finale on Sept. 19 and a 2-0 shutout of 10th-ranked Tennessee on Sept. 30 on the second weekend of conference play.
With the recognition of Banks and Ieyoub to the 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District VI Team, LSU has been honored again for their academic effort as they now boast 11 CoSIDA academic all-district selections since the 2003 season.