Cooke, Vella Named All-Ivy League

Senior defender Lauren Cooke, left, and junior defender Jesse Vella.
Photos courtesy of Columbia University Athletics. Left photo by Gene Boyars, right photo by Mike McLaughlin.
Two Columbia Engineering students are among 10 University athletes named All-Ivy League this fall.
Lauren Cooke, a mechanical engineering senior, and Jesse Vella, an earth and environmental engineering junior, were named, respectively, to the All-Ivy League women’s and men’s soccer squads.
They are among 10 Columbia student-athletes named Academic All-Ivy League for Fall 2010. The honorees include three members of the cross-country teams, a pair of student-athletes from the football and men's soccer squads, as well as one student-athlete from the field hockey, women's soccer and volleyball teams. In order to be eligible for the Academic All-Ivy League squad, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key reserve on his or her team.
Senior defender Cooke led the team in minutes played for the second consecutive year. From San Rafael, Calif., she was named last year to the Academic All-Ivy League as well as to the second team All-Ivy League squad. She was recently named second team All-Mid-Atlantic Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-East Region team a year ago.
Vella started all 17 games on defense and helped the Lions to three consecutive Ivy League shutouts to close the year. He is a New York City product who attended the Bronx High School of Science.


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