NSCAA Academic Honors for Women's Soccer
Seniors Tawni Martino, Jenni Benger, Darien Pyka and Carolyn Dunn were all honored by the NSCAA.
Jan. 16, 2014
LOS ANGELES - For the second consecutive year four Lions have named to the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) University Division Women's Scholar All-West Region teams.
Seniors Tawni Martino (3.36 GPA, Marketing), Jenni Benger (3.57 GPA, Health & Human Sciences), Darien Pyka (3.43 GPA, Health & Human Sciences) and Carolyn Dunn (3.53 GPA, Biology) all earned a spot on the honorable mention team.
Martino and Benger were named to the 2012 honorable mention team, marking the second straight such honor for both student-athletes.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member; be a junior or above in academic standing at the current institution; be in his or her second year at the current school if he or she is a transfer student; and submit the Junior or Senior College Scholar All-America GPA Certification and Signature Release Form.
This marks the second academic honor of the 2013 season for all four Lions, who also earned selecting to the 2013 West Coast Conference All-Academic Honorable Mention Team this past fall.
In addition, with its collective 3.22 GPA, the NSCAA recognized LMU as a 2012-13 College Women's Team Academic Award winner. A total of 863 college soccer teams (270 men, 593 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year.
Note: This award runs one academic year behind. This season's (2013-14) winners will be announced next fall.