Dec. 18, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has announced its women's soccer 2012 Scholar All-Region Teams and four Lions - Jenni Benger, Cori McGovern, Tawni Martino and Whitney Sharpe - were among those honored. Benger, McGovern and Sharpe were named to the first team while Martino was named to the honorable mention team.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must attaint a 3.30 GPA on a 4.0 scale throughout her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; be a junior or above in academic standing at the current institution and be in her second year at the current school if she is a transfer.
"As a coaching staff, an athletics department and a university that values how much time and effort our student athletes put into their education, as well as, their sport, it is rewarding to see our athletes get recognized," said head coach Michelle Myers. "Whitney, Cori, Jenni and Tawni are very good examples of what we want our players to strive for - success on the field and in the classroom. We are proud to have them representing our team and LMU."
Benger carries a 3.55 cumulative GPA while majoring in natural science while Sharpe holds a 3.68 cumulative GPA and completed her degree in history this past fall. Both were key members of the Lions' defense with Benger running things from the center of the back line and Sharpe as an outside marking back. LMU had six shutouts on the season and allowed just 1.22 goals per game - allowing more than two goals to a single opponent just three times.
Benger also added her first collegiate goal this season - a header off a corner kick in a 1-1 double overtime draw against the No. 1 UCLA. Sharpe also scored once while her ability to press forward into the attack led to a pair of assists.
McGovern, a communication studies major, current holds a 3.48 cumulative GPA. The four-year starting central midfielder contributed two goals this season.
Martino is majoring in management/human resources and carries a 3.46 cumulative GPA. The junior has led the Lions in scoring each of her three seasons, finishing in a tie this fall with four goals, inclusion a pair of game-winners. She also added one assist.
This marks the first time since 2008 that the Lions have had student-athletes earn Scholar-Athlete All-Region honors. Only twice previously in LMU history has the program had four honorees - 2006 and 1997.