Dec. 14, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - Postseason awards continue to roll in for LMU women's soccer player Whitney Sharpe as the senior defender was named to the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-America Third Team, announced Friday.
To be named NSCAA Scholar All-America, a student-athlete must attain a 3.30 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Sharpe holds a 3.68 cumulative GPA and just completed her degree in history this fall.
While the program has had numerous academic honorees at the the regional or district level, the West Des Moines, Iowa, native becomes the first Lion in women's soccer program history to earn All-America recognition.
"I am extremely proud and excited for Whitney to receive this award," said head coach Michelle Myers. "It says volumes to the type of impact and player Whitney was for us both on and off the field in her short time here at LMU. We know she has a very bright future ahead of her. Right now she is exploring the possibilities of playing professionally abroad or in the new US league, as well as, graduate school options."
On the field this past fall, Sharpe was a key member of the Lions' defensive line that held opponents to a 1.22 goals against average - allowing more than two goals to a single opponent just three times - and six shutouts. She also added one goal and a pair of assists.
Sharpe was honored both athletically and academically by the West Coast Conference, earning Second Team All-WCC honors and First Team All-Academic honors. She also earned NSCAA All-West Region Third Team honors.