BIG RAPIDS – Two of Ferris State University’s leading women soccer players in the country were inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team 2021 for their efforts in both the field and classroom last spring.

The Bulldogs’ senior duo, defenseman Maddie Dickens (DeWitt) and striker Mackenzie Dawes (DeWitt) both received All-America Recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for helping FSU make its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC.) To claim the program) championship this spring.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America teams recognize the nation’s best student-athletes for their combined achievements on the field and in the classroom. Previously, both were selected as the all-district first-team picks before moving to the All-America voting.

Ferris State was one of two schools to have multiple representatives on the first team along with Seattle Pacific, and Dawes earned Academic All-America First Team praise for the second year in a row. FSU was the only GLIAC school that had a student-athlete as an Academic All-American first team.

In total, only 12 student-athletes were elected to the Academic All-America First Team, of which 11 received awards for the second team and 10 were nominated for the third team.

Dickens and Dawes both played key roles for FSU this spring. As one of the best defenders in the league, Dickens received awards for the All-GLIAC First Team and ended the year with one goal and two assists for four points from 12 shots from the backend. Her total included a game winner and she started all 10 trips for the Bulldogs.

Dawes played in nine games, scoring five points on one goal and three assists. In total, she counted 14 shots for the FSU in this campaign, including eight on goal. She received the All-GLIAC Second Team recognition for the spring season 2021.

The Bulldogs, ranked 11th in the country this spring, finished the spring season with an 8-1-1 overall record and won the GLIAC Regular Season Championship for the first time in school history. The FSU finished the season in 17th place on the final national rankings of the United Soccer Coaches Division II.

In addition to winning the regular season championship of the GLIAC, the Bulldogs hosted the GLIAC semi-finals / finals for the first time in program history this spring. The FSU allowed only two goals throughout the season, including just one during the regular season when Ferris State became the only undefeated squad in the league to set an 8-0-1 mark.