Heintz Named to Verizon Academic District VI Team
BATON ROUGE — LSU’s Mandy Heintz garnered yet another postseason accolade on Monday as the Tigers’ junior from San Antonio, Texas, was named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-America District VI Women’s Soccer Team.
“Even with all of the awards and honors that she’s already received, this is the one that makes me the proudest,” said LSU head coach George Fotopoulos. “Obviously, we love it when our student-athletes give 110 percent on the field, but it’s even more fulfilling to know that they are doing what it takes to succeed in the classroom.”
Heintz, who’s academically a senior graduating with a 3.424 grade point average in kinesiology, earned the prestigious academic honor on Monday by maintaining a 3.2 GPA and by earning important athletic credentials throughout the season. Heintz led the Southeastern Conference in both goals (23) and total points (50) during the 2002 campaign.
LSU’s prolific goal-scoring forward earned Second Team All-SEC honors, was named to the SEC All-Tournament team and helped lead the Tigers to a 12-5-3 overall record this season. She was also named the SEC Player of the Week and a member of both the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week and the Soccer America Team of the Week.
“Mandy’s been a dynamic part of our program over the past three seasons,” Fotopoulos said. “She’s been an integral part of the team, not only on the field, but off the field as well. I’m extremely proud that she was able to receive an honor like this for all the hard work that she put in the classroom.”
Heintz was one of 11 women’s soccer players to be recognized on the 2002 Verizon Academic All-America District VI First Team.
2002 Verizon Academic All-America Team
District VI Women’s Soccer
GK Alex Gagarin, Texas
F Holly Cohen, UTEP
F Mandy Heintz, LSU
F Julie Twellman, Tulsa
D Sarah Buchrucker, SWT
D Melissa Humke, Baylor
D Hillarie Marshall, NWST
D Ramey Rush, Ole Miss
MF Whitney Barrett, Baylor
MF Michelle Longmire, UNM
MF Erchen Theys, UNM