DuBoise named women's soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year for second time
Thursday, October 26, 2017
By Logan Butts
DuBoise named women's soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year for second time

LakePoint, Ga. – Lipscomb women’s soccer senior Natalie DuBoise has been named the ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year as the Lady Bisons landed six players on the 13-person All-Academic squad.

DuBoise, who has notched two goals and one assist on the season after splitting time at left back and in the midfield, has compiled a 3.97 GPA as a Finance major.

"I am so excited that Natalie is receiving the Scholar Athlete of the Year award,” Lipscomb women’s soccer coach Kevin O’Brien said. “She thoroughly deserves it. The way she balances being a team captain and a nearly 4.0 student is quite remarkable, but having known her for four years, it's not surprising. “

The New Mexico native is the first person in program history to receive three consecutive All-Academic honors as well as the first student-athlete to win back-to-back Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards.

“She has been a shining example of excellence for the underclassmen to follow and is the epitome of what I call a both/and player.  Both successful academically and successful athletically. There does not need to be a tradeoff when pursing excellence in the classroom and on the field, and Natalie is the gold standard when it comes to this pursuit,” O Brien said.   

Of the other five All-Academic honorees, three were previous nominees while two were first-time winners.

Senior Ellen Lundy followed up her ASUN Player of the Year award from yesterday with an All-Academic nod today. The Accounting major has compiled a 3.73 GPA. She was also an All-Academic honoree last season.

Fellow senior Niamh Rawlins earned her first All-Academic nod since 2015. The First-Team All-Conference member major compiled a 3.89 GPA as a Psychology major.

Junior Brooke Brenner notched her second consecutive All-Academic nod. The midfielder played in and started all 17 games for the Bisons, and earned a perfect 4.0 GPA as an Exercise Science major.

Redshirt-junior Kate Mason and sophomore Leah Cernicky were first-time honorees.

Mason, who compiled a 3.90 GPA as an Accounting major, is taking home her first career end-of-season honor after notching 62 saves and four shutouts in her first year as the starting goalkeeper.

Cernicky followed up her 2016 All-Freshman campaign with three goals and two assists for a total of eight points this season. The Pre-Nursing major earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Here is what head coach Kevin O’Brien had to say about the honorees:

"It's truly a privilege for me to get to coach such an amazing and intelligent group of young women. They are so smart and driven, and their futures are as bright as the stars in the heavens.

“I'm so proud of Brooke, Leah, Ellen, Kate and Niamh and am thankful that they have been recognized for their outstanding achievements in the classroom. To have almost half of the All-Academic team from one university is extraordinary. It is a testament to our players commitment and resolve, especially considering the travel and training schedules these athletes manage. 

“I'd be remiss not to thank the amazing professors we have at Lipscomb University for pouring into our students with the passion that they do each and every day.  And lastly to our academic support team - Dr. Garner and Grace Ann are amazing at helping our team manage their study hall hours, their class schedules, and so much more."

The Lady Bisons will be back on the field as the No. 1 seed in the ASUN Tournament for the first time ever, as the ASUN semifinals and finals will take place at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex on Nov. 3 and 5.