LakePoint, Ga. – The Lipscomb women’s soccer team landed five players on the ASUN All-Academic Team, including the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Natalie DuBoise, as announced by the league offices on Thursday.
"I’m so thankful that academic achievement is valued in the Atlantic Sun Conference, and that we can celebrate our players intellect in the same manner as their ability on the field or court,” Lipscomb women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien said.
DuBoise, who also made the Academic All-Conference Team in 2015, has compiled a 4.0 GPA over the allotted time period for the award.
The junior, a double major in Accounting and Finance was also named to the ASUN All-Conference First Team on Wednesday after totaling six goals, four assists, and 16 points on the year.
“I am overjoyed for Natalie,” O’Brien said. “Her growth, in two short years, has been astounding to witness. It’s great to see all of her hard work paying off.
“Natalie’s maturity and commitment to both her sport and academics is a model for others to follow. On top of that, she’s incredibly personable and truly a joy to be around. This award couldn’t have gone to a more deserving person.”
Each of the other four Lady Bisons on the All-Academic Team were first-time honorees.
Junior Emily Rogers earned her first ASUN end-of-season recognition with the All-Academic nod. The defender posted a 4.0 GPA as an Interdisciplinary Teaching major on the field, while playing an integral part of one of the conference’s top defensive units on the field.
Redshirt-junior Ellen Lundy accumulated a 3.81 GPA as a Financial Management major. Lundy also placed on the All-Conference First Team on Wednesday after ranking among the league leaders in goals with six.
Sophomores Brooke Brenner and Maycie McKay closed out the quintet, with each honoree earning the distinction in their first year of eligibility.
McKay, who was also named to All-Conference Second Team, compiled a 4.0 GPA. The Pre-Nursing major leads the team with seven assists and as scored two goals for a total of 11 points.
Brenner grabbed her spot on the team thank to a 4.0 GPA as well. The Exercise Science major scored two goals and earned one assist as a steadying presence in the midfield all season for Lipscomb.
As a team, the Lady Bisons were given an NSCAA Team Academic Award earlier this season for compiling a 3.69 team GPA, the best mark in the ASUN and the second-best mark in the entirety of Division I.
“I am thrilled that Nat, Emily, Ellen, Maycie, and Brooke are being recognized today,” O’Brien said. “Receiving an Academic All-Conference award takes more than just brain power, it takes diligence in time management, sacrifice of personal time, strong communication skills, perseverance, and so much more.
“These girls are wonderful ambassadors of our soccer program, and I’m grateful to be their coach.”
The Lady Bisons will hit the field on Nov. in the second round of the ASUN Tournament. Lispscomb will be taking on the winner of Stetson and North Florida at FGCU.