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Francese Named Academic All-American

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Yorktown's Alyssa Francese controls during a regular season game in 2016. Credits: File photo
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YORKTOWN, N.Y. — Yorktown graduate Alyssa Francese, who will play soccer at Stony Brook University this fall, was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Girls High School Scholar All-America team with a 3.75 grade-point average.

“It means so much to me,” said Francese, who was a four-year starter at Yorktown and is a striker. “All-American was a goal I set for myself to achieve in my final season at the end of junior year. To not only be All-American but Scholar All-American is a huge honor. To be named such a high-caliber title is amazing and I’m so happy that my hard work paid off and I was able to reach my goal.”

What made it a challenge for Francese was that not only was she a standout soccer player, she also had to balance basketball along with soccer and the books.

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“I always stayed on top of my school work,” Francese said. “It was just as important to me to do as well as I could academically as it was in both sports. I knew if I was able to excel in the classroom it would be easier to do better athletically.”

Francese is the all-time leading goal-scorer at Yorktown with 96 career goals and also tallied a single-season school record of 37 goals last fall.

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