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November 6, 2011

Leading scorer also has perfect 4.0 GPA

Even if she weren't an all-league candidate playing Division 1 soccer, Eliza Marshall would be a mighty impressive young lady.

The Brown junior political science major from North Andover has a perfect 4.0 GPA, tutors elementary school students from a tough section of Providence, works with terminally ill children and served a coveted internship over the summer in the Rhode Island state treasurer's office.

"She's an amazing young lady," said Phil Pincince, her soccer coach at Brown. "She finds time to do it all."

A two-year starter, Marshall is having "just a phenomenal year," said Pincince.

A scoring machine at Brooks School, where she led the area with 30 goals as a senior, Marshall wasn't a big scorer with the Bears.

Until recently.

The former midfielder is now playing more forward.

She'd only scored in one of Brown's first 11 games, but has four goals and three assists in the last five games, including the game-winner in a 1-0 win over Holy Cross.

"We're having a great season," said Marshall, who leads the 10-4-2 Bears in goals with six and assists with three.

"When the team is playing well, it brings out the best in all of us individually. We play a 4-5-1 offense, the past few years I was outside on the wing and now I'm playing as the forward on top. ... I'm a forward at heart so I love playing there. But I'm happy to play wherever he needs me."

"Eliza has done a great job and her confidence level is high," said Pincince, who added there was an opportunity with the leading scorer having graduated.

"She's determined and focused. She's just getting it done. Doing exactly what she should be doing, developing."

The on-field success is a continuation of the offseason work.

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