Oct. 31, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A full-time starter once again after returning from injury and the owner of a 3.99 cumulative grade-point average for her work in the classroom, Mollie Kuramoto of Purdue women's soccer has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team.
Kuramoto has started each of the first 18 games for the Boilermakers this season. She missed the 2012 campaign due to a knee injury but still served as a team captain while she redshirted. The Loveland, Ohio, native is an interdisciplinary film and video studies major, who is a two-time Distinguished Big Ten Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Kuramoto has recorded three goals and one assist this season while being a quality two-way player in her central midfielder role. She has remained the team's top player in the air on header opportunities. She has five goals and seven assists for her career while starting 55 of the 57 games in which she has played.
In April, Kuramoto was one of three Purdue student-athletes -- along with wrestling's Camden Eppert and softball's Andie Varsho -- selected for induction in the Mortar Board Class of 2013. She was also among a group of students within Hall of Music Productions that worked on a 2012 "Welcome to Ross-Ade Stadium" video that won a Golden Matrix Award for Best In-Game Feature.
Kuramoto is soccer's first Academic All-District honoree since Jessica Okoroafo (First Team) and Katie Seeger (Second Team) in 2009. As a First Team honoree, Kuramoto advances to the national ballot from which Academic All-Americans are selected.
The Capital One Academic All-District and Academic All-America programs strive to recognize student-athletes that excel in competition and in the classroom. Nominees must be sophomores and above with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and higher. Purdue is part of District 5, which includes universities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.