August 26, 2013

IWLCA Honors Maier, Soares and Green for Academics

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Hofstra's Jill Maier was honored by the IWLCA as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Division I.
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The IWLCA has honored three student-athletes as Scholar-Athletes of the Year as the organization announced its annual award that recognizes excellence in the classroom and on the field, with one honoree selected in each division. Hofstra's Jill Maier, LIU-CW Post's Bridgett Soares, and Christopher Newport's Stephanie Green were each recognized for their work in 2013.

Green, a defender from Pasadena, Maryland, was named to the second team all-conference in 2013 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a cumulative GPA of 3.92 while majoring in neuroscience. She was named USA South Academic All-Conference team for the fourth time. She was also a member of Beta Beta Beta (Biology Honor Society), Alpha Chi (academic honor and scholarship Honor Society), Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership Honor Society) and Chi Alpha Sigma (Athletic Honor Society). She was a recipient of the Dean's Service Award this spring, as well as the Service Distinction Award for graduating with over 140 service hours and the PLP Completion Award for graduating from the President's Leadership Program. She was named Christopher Newport Female Student-Athlete of the Year for the 2010-11 academic year. She received a Ferguson Fellowship Grant to start AdaptLax, an adaptive lacrosse program for children with physical and cognitive disabilities. Lastly, she was named the USA South Woman of the Year and will be the conference's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. A four-year starter who helped build a program to earn its first-ever national ranking and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Green will be attending medical school this fall.

Two-time NCAA champion Soares hails from San Diego, Calif. and is a Marine Corps Officer candidate who was commissioned May 10, 2013. The senior defender, a member of the East Coast Conference first team, had a cumulative 3.78, earning Dean's List honors from 2009 through 2013. A criminal justice major, Soares started playing lacrosse in the fall 2009, when she was a freshmen at LIU Post; she earned a starting position her junior year and was named a captain her senior year. During that time she earned LIU Post's Thomas T. Cacavas Academic Excellence Award in 2013 and the Robert Boyar memorial scholarship in 2012. The recipient of the LIU Post Women's Achievement award in 2012 and 2013, Soares was a LIU Post Pride finalist and earned the LIU Post Graduating Senior Leadership Award 2013. While a full-time student and a women's lacrosse player, she also went through bootcamp and Marine training and graduated from Quantico, VA in August 2012.

Maier, a midfielder from Honeoye Falls, N.Y., was named to the Provost's List, Dean's List and Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll in 2013. A senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.97 while carrying a double major in English with a concentration in American Literature and Early Childhood and Childhood Education, Maier has been a member of the Provost's List six times during her undergraduate career, marking six semesters with a 4.0 GPA. A member of the Dean's List on multiple occasions, Maier was the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's lacrosse. Despite missing part of her senior season due to jaw injury, Maier earned her fourth consecutive Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner's Academic Award this season.

IWLCA Scholar-Athletes of the Year

  • DIII: Stephanie Green, Christopher Newport
  • DII: Bridgett Soares, LIU-CW Post
  • DI: Jill Maier, Hofstra

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