RICHMOND, Va. – Junior captain Allegra Gray of the University of Delaware women’s soccer team earned the most prestigious academic honor of her career  Wednesday as she was named the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) women’s soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

“It is a great honor and well deserved that Allegra was named CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year,” said Delaware head coach Scott Grzenda. “Allegra is an extremely focused individual and a competitor who thrives on and off the field.”

Gray becomes the first-ever Blue Hen women’s soccer play to earn the CAA’s highest academic honor and is just the second student-athlete in women’s soccer history to earn a conference scholar-athlete of the year award. The last Blue Hen to do so was Beth Hatt in 1996 when Delaware was a member of the North Atlantic Conference.

The midfielder is an honor student as a statistics major with a minor in economics. Gray is a three-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient and was a member of the CAA All-Academic women’s soccer team in 2013. She serves as a representative for the Delaware’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) organization and works as a peer mentor. The junior is also on UD’s Appellate Board of Student Conduct and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

Most recently, Gray was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Mid-Atlantic Region third team. In November, Gray was selected to the All-CAA first team for the second year in a row. A defensive-minded midfielder, Gray helped the Blue Hens record 19 shutouts over the past three seasons.

“Allegra’s award is a testament to our team and the University that we can attract such talented students and athletes,” said Grzenda.