Apr 11, 2014 11:21 PM by Jordan Mason
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A record five Colorado College women's soccer players received the Conference USA Commissioner's Medal, while 21 earned a spot on the Academic Honor Roll for the 2013-14 academic year to help the Tigers demonstrate their continued commitment to excellence in the classroom.
Senior defender Shaina Riciputi became the first CC student-athlete to score the conference's top academic award during each of her four years for maintaining a minimum 3.75 grade-point average.
Riciputi was joined on the exclusive list by junior midfielder Jessica Ayers, junior forward Jaclyn Silsby and sophomore forward Carina Lauzon, who were recognized for the second time. Freshman defender Julia Lauzon was honored for the first time.
"It's an impressive feat for Shaina to become our first player to earn the medal all four years," head coach Geoff Bennett said. "She's put in the work, so we're thrilled for her."
It marked the fourth consecutive year that the program had 20 or more players named to the honor roll for maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.
"It shows that our players do an amazing job both on and off the field," Bennett said. "It's a joy to coach a group of players who take their academic success seriously. We've had more than 80 percent of our players on the honor roll during each of the last four years and that says a lot about our program.
In addition to the five Commissioner's Academic Medal winners, here is the list, in alphabetical order, of the other 16 Tigers named to the honor roll:
Junior midfielder Mary Bowman, sophomore defender Samantha Curran, senior forward Lynn Froetscher, junior forward Rachel Herron, freshman midfielder Meghan Kilkenny, senior goalkeeper Cody Kornack, senior defender Kecia Morway, senior defender Yumi Nguyen, junior defender
Jordan Savold, sophomore goalkeeper Kate Scheele, sophomore midfielder Sarah Schweiss, sophomore goalkeeper Heather Seeley, junior midfielder Jennifer Stoot, senior defender Katie Uyenishi, junior midfielder Kaeli Vandersluis and senior midfielder Madison Whitehead.
Ayers, Morway, Scheele, Schweiss, Uyenishi and Vandersluis also earned all-conference honors on the pitch after leading the Tigers to the C-USA regular-season and tournament championships.
Earlier in the fall, Ayers, Uyenishi and Vandersluis earned second-team Scholar All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Colorado College finished the season with a 15-4-3 record after officially playing Duke to a 1-1 tie in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.