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LMU Posts 13 Players on Fall All-Academic Team

Jan. 31, 2008

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Thirteen LMU fall sport student-athletes have been awarded Academic All-West Coast Conference status, the conference office announced Wednesday. The list includes five players from women's soccer, three from men's soccer, two each from volleyball and women's cross country and one from men's cross country. The 13 Lions honored were the second-most among WCC teams, trailing only the 17 from Portland.

LMU garnered five of the 13 spots on the women's soccer team, topping the three honored last year. Seniors Joslyn Slovek and Katie Osborne were honored for the second straight season while senior Jamie Bell, redshirt junior Stefanie Baduria, and sophomore Kim Feeney each gained their first appearances.

The men's soccer team tripled its honorees from last season as seniors Adam Sloustcher, Tyler Mehl, and Trini Gomez were lauded. From women's volleyball, junior Emily Day places on the team for the second straight year, joined by senior Heather Hughes. Three cross country runners were also recognized for the second consecutive year, with senior Laura Mickelson and junior Abby Fall from the women's squad and Jonathan MacNeil from the men's team honored.

A team co-captain, Slovek adds another distinction to her already impressive resume after being named to the NSCAA Scholar All-West Region Team, the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Third Team, and earning her second successive First Team All-WCC honor. She led the conference with 10 shutouts and her goals-against-average of 0.72 was the second-lowest of her career and ranked her fifth in the WCC. She is majoring in Business Administration and holds a 3.51 GPA.

Osborne was an Honorable Mention All-West Coast Conference player at forward in 2007, finishing with career-highs of five goals and 12 points. Like Slovek, she was also named to the NSCAA Scholar All-West Region and CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Team. A co-captain of the Lions, Osborne is majoring in Natural Sciences and carries a 3.45 grade-point-average.

A third member of the NSCAA Scholar All-West Region Team after gaining Honorable Mention All-WCC honors in 2007, Baduria anchored the Lion midfield with a goal and two assists in 17 starts. She is majoring in Liberal Studies with a 3.49 GPA.

Another team co-captain, Bell led the Lions with eight goals and 19 points to gain her First Team All-WCC recognition. The senior tied for second in the conference in goals and game-winning goals (four) and was fifth in points. She has a 3.20 GPA as a Business Administration major.

One of two sophomores on the Academic All-WCC team, Feeney has the highest GPA of any honoree at 3.92 while majoring in Communicative Studies. She was an Honorable Mention All-WCC performer, starting 13 of her 14 games as a central defender.

The three men's soccer players honored from LMU tied with Santa Clara for most by one school. Sloustcher was a team captain for the Lions and a rock in the heart of the Lion defense. Sloustcher started the final 19 games of the season, leading the Lions in minutes played with 1,666 and providing one assist. A First Team All-WCC honoree, Sloustcher was recognized as Academic All-District by CoSIDA thanks to his 3.45 GPA in Political Science.

Mehl stepped up as a senior to earn Honorable Mention All-WCC status with two assists in 17 starts. He is majoring in Business Administration and carries a 3.45 GPA. Gomez was one of ten finalists for the national Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, eventually finishing third to gain a place on the Lowe's All-Senior All-America First Team. He is majoring in Biology and holds a 3.72 GPA.

Hughes garnered AVCA All-Region Honorable Mention and First Team All-WCC honors earlier this year while maintaining a 3.29 GPA as a Communication major. She also earned Collegiate Volleyball Update's National Player of the Week and WCC Player of the Week for the week of September 4.

Day, a junior, landed herself on the All-Academic team for the second consecutive year. An applied mathematics major with a 3.53 GPA, she was a First Team All-WCC selection and WCC Player of the Week for the week of November 19.

Mickelson, who earned her second All-Academic selection in as many years, finished 61st at the NCAA National Championship, 15th at the West Regional to claim an All-Region selection and second at the WCC Championship this season while maintaining a 3.95 GPA as a Natural Science major.

Fall garnered her second straight All-Academic selection after posting a 3.81 GPA as a Communication major. The junior finished 15th at the WCC Championship and 100th at the NCAA West Regional.

MacNeil, a senior Mechanical Engineering major, earned his second consecutive All-Academic bid after turning in a 3.66 GPA. The native of Arcadia, Calif. finished 16th overall at the WCC Championship to help lead LMU to a second-place finish.

The West Coast Conference Fall All-Academic teams honor some of the league's finest examples of the consummate scholar-athlete. At the completion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each of the participating sponsored sports. 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.

"These honorees represent the commitment of WCC student-athletes to both academic and athletic excellence," said WCC Com¬missioner Michael Gilleran. "Every year, it's a difficult process to narrow the long list of qualified nominees from each institution. All of those nominated should be proud of their achievements."

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