Canfield Named Arcadia’s First-ever Capital One NCAA Division III Academic All-America® Selection

By Purnell T. Cropper | November 21, 2014

Arcadia University senior midfielder Kim Canfield has been named a 2014 Second-Team Capital One NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Academic All-America ® selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She is the first-ever student-athlete at Arcadia to receive this honor, which is based on one’s combined performance in academics and athletics.

A biology/pre-physician assistant major with a 3.81 cumulative grade point average through the spring 2014 semester, Canfield started in each of her 24 games played in 2014 and finished second on the team in scoring with seven goals and a school-record 16 assists for 30 points. Her 16 assists are the most in the Commonwealth Conference and are the fifth-most in the nation. She also leads the league and ranks 11th nationally in assists per game (0.67).

Canfield said upon learning she received the award, “I was really surprised. I’ve been doing my best to balance soccer and academics for four years. Just being up for consideration among everyone in the nation is honorable in itself and the fact I was chosen to be recognized with them, there’s just no words to explain how thrilled I am.”

The Hillsborough, N.J., native became a finalist for the Capital One Academic All-America ® program after being named a First-Team Capital One Academic All-District ® selection for the second consecutive year. Canfield has also been named an All-Commonwealth Conference selection so far this year, earning second-team honors. She helped lead the Knights to an overall record of 18-6-0 in her final collegiate season, setting a program record for wins as Arcadia went on to win its second consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Championship.

“Kim has been an exemplary leader, student, and standout soccer player within our program for the last four years,” stated head coach Rick Brownell. “As a student within our highly regarded biology/pre-PA programs, Kim has not only demonstrated great work ethic, but utilized highly effective multi-tasking to achieve such an excellent GPA. As a captain, she’s been the team tutor for three years, leading by example, never criticizing others, and quietly offering sound, pragmatic advice to those in need of assistance. It’s been an honor to coach such a high-functioning and successful student-athlete, who epitomizes what Division III athletics is all about.”

Canfield was named 2013 Philadelphia Inquirer Women’s Soccer Academic Performer of the Year and was an Academic All-Area selection for the first time in her collegiate career, as voted by the sports information directors at the 28 NCAA Division I, II, and III colleges and universities in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, after leading the team and ranking among the conference leaders in scoring with 15 goals and 12 assists for 42 points. She is just the second Arcadia student-athlete to receive Academic Performer of the Year honors, with this year’s awards yet to be announced.

Additionally, Canfield was named a Second-Team Division III All-Region and Fourth Team Division II/III Academic All-Region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) as a junior, and was named a First-Team All-Commonwealth Conference selection in both 2012 and 2013.

Canfield arrived at Arcadia as a defender before being moved to offense as a sophomore. She finished her playing career ranked among the Knights’ all-time scoring leaders with 32 goals and 34 assists for 98 total points, placing her two points shy of becoming the second student-athlete in program history to reach career 100 points. She ranks second on the all-time assists and total points lists and is fourth on the career goals ranking.

“Kim embodies the ideals of the Division III philosophy as demonstrated by her ability to excel as a student and in her sport,” said Brian Granata, director of Athletics at Arcadia. “She is quite deserving of earning the distinction of being our first-ever Capital One Academic All-American.”