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Eight Fall Athletes Named WCC All-Academic

Jan. 27, 2009

San Bruno, CA - Eight Loyola Marymount fall student-athletes have earned West Coast Conference All-Academic honors, the conference office announced. Abby Fall (cross country), Emily Day and Becky Stehling (volleyball), Stephen Carlson and Patrick Sampson (men's soccer) and Lacey Bartels, Kim Feeney, and Amanda Lernor (women's soccer) each carried a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average and was a significant contributor to his or her team.

Fall, a senior from Gillette, WY, is a two-time All-Academic honoree. In 2008, she was a First Team All-WCC selection after finishing ninth overall at the WCC Championships and helping LMU to a second place team finish. Fall is majoring in communicative studies and carries a 3.84 GPA.

On the volleyball front, Day and Stehling were recognized. Day, a senior from Torrance, CA, was a First Team All-WCC selection for the second straight year after leading the Lions with 484 kills and becoming just the seventh member of the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club at LMU. She finished her LMU career ranked third all-time in digs, fourth in total attacks and kills, sixth in kill average and sets played, eighth in aces, and 10th in solo blocks and dig average. She has a 3.57 GPA as a political science major and has now earned All-Academic recognition in three consecutive years.

Just a sophomore, Stehling (Austin, TX) was an honorable mention all-conference selection while leading LMU with a .369 hitting percentage and 78 total blocks. She is majoring in studio arts with a 3.83 GPA.

The men's soccer had two players honored: fifth-year senior Stephen Carlson and redshirt junior Patrick Sampson. Carlson (Honolulu, HI) was a team captain and national candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. A two-time All-WCC Honorable Mention, Carlson was also named First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District as a senior, in which he has a 3.53 GPA as a civil engineering major. This is his second year on the All-Academic team, having also been lauded in 2005.

Sampson (Lake Oswego, OR) stepped up in his first season as the starting goalkeeper, turning in the second-best goals-against-average (0.87) in LMU history to earn Second Team All-WCC honors. Majoring in business administration, Sampson carries a 3.45 GPA.

Three women's soccer players round out the LMU honorees. A junior from Colorado Springs, CO, Bartels was earlier this season named Second Team NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-West Region for the second straight year. She has a 3.72 GPA as a natural science major. Feeney (San Ramon, CA) is also a two-time NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-West Region selection after being named to the conference's honorable mention squad for the third consecutive year. A junior, Feeney was also an All-Acaademic team member in 2007 and is majoring in communicative studies with a 3.91 GPA. Lernor (Scottsdale, AZ) was named First Team All-American by the Jewish Sports Review in 2008 after garnering the same honor in 2006. A Second Team All-WCC performer as a senior in 2008, Lernor has a 3.30 GPA as a natural science major.

In total, 62 student-athletes from the eight WCC member schools were awarded 2008 Fall All-Academic status. To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average while also being a significant contributor to his or her team. The conference office also recognizes All-Academic teams in the winter and spring sports seasons.

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