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Lions Bring Their 'A'-Game

Dec. 16, 2005

San Bruno, Calif. - The 2005 West Coast Conference Fall All-Academic teams honor some of the league's finest examples of the consummate scholar-athlete. Eight Loyola Marymount student-athletes were honored as members of the WCC fall All-Academic team.

Stephen Carlson, David Niemeyer, and Diego Souza of men's soccer; Lori Sims of women's soccer; Michelle Look of volleyball; Kenny Arehart of men's cross country; and Laura Mickelson and Sara Mickelson of women's cross country were all selected from LMU's fall WCC athletes to represent the Lions on the All-Academic team.

"I am very proud of the effort put in by these student-athletes both in the classroom and in the competitive arena," Athletics Academic Coordinator Matthew Casana said. "They are true representatives of the type of student-athlete we have here at LMU."

LMU was the most represented school on the men's soccer All-Academic team with three selections. It is the second WCC honor of the year for sophomore defender Carlson. He was an honorable mention All-WCC selection this season after starting 19 games at defense and anchoring the Lion backline. Carlson is majoring in engineering and has a 3.30 GPA.

Junior midfielders Niemeyer and Souza picked up their second academic honor of the fall, and their second WCC All-Academic award. Both were named to the CoSIDA District 8 Academic All-Region team in November. Niemeyer appeared in 18 games this season, starting 13, and finished the season with a goal and an assist. He is majoring in political science and has a 3.75 GPA. Souza played in 19 games with one start. He recorded three assists on the year, including two in LMU's victory over No. 5 Santa Clara. He is majoring in business administration and has a 3.72 GPA.

Sims represents LMU on the women's soccer All-Academic team. It marks her second selection to the WCC All-Academic team after she earned the honor last season. In 2005, Sims became LMU's all-time leader in goals and points and earned first-team All-WCC honors. She finished this season with six goals and five assists, leading the team in points with 17.

Look adds the all-academic selection to her LMU resume after helping the Lions make their third straight appearance in the NCAA tournament her senior season. She finishes her career ranked fifth all-time in career dig average, with a 3.14 dig per game mark. As the Lions' libero in 2005, she averaged 4.27 digs per game. Look put up double-digit dig numbers in 15 of her 18 matches played. She will graduate in May with a degree in sociology and currently holds a 3.22 cumulative GPA.

Arehart, a senior, has been a WCC All-Academic selection each time he was eligible. He receives his third selection to the team this fall after finishing in LMU's scoring five at the WCC Championship with a time of 27:01 to help the Lions to a third place team finish in October. That 27:01 mark landed him among LMU's all-time top-five 8K times at the WCC Championship. Arehart will graduate in May with a degree in animation. He currently holds a 3.37 cumulative GPA.

Sophomore sisters Laura and Sara Mickelson receive their first academic selection after both finishing in the top-10 at the WCC Championship in October. Their times of 18:23 and 18:34 earned then first-team All-WCC selections and helped LMU to a second place team finish, the Lions' highest finish in school history. Laura Mickelson went on to finish in the top-30 at NCAA Regionals, while Sara Mickelson earned the WCC's Female Runner of the Month honor in October. Both Laura (3.89 GPA) and Sara (3.86 GPA) are studying science.

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.

LMU's eight fall selections make the Lions among the most-represented schools in the conference.



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