June 15, 2010

St. Mary's Carroll Earns Key CAC Honor

from press release

-- Senior women's soccer and women's lacrosse standout Karisa Carroll (Long Island, N.Y./Ward-Melville) was selected by the Capital Athletic Conference athletic directors and sports information directors as the 2010 CAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, demonstrate athletic success and be a major contributor to her program.

It is the second-straight year, and fourth time since 1999, that an SMC student-athlete captured the CAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Carroll joins former Seahawks standouts Erica Pearson (1999, volleyball/basketball), Kathy Holmes (2002, soccer/lacrosse) and Emily Smithson (2009, field hockey) as CAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winners. Carroll is also the sixth multi-sport athlete to win the award.

Carroll is a chemistry major, with a minor in Spanish, boasting a 3.71 grade point average. She earned Dean's List recognition all eight semesters and was recently named one of three 2010 winners of a Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) postgraduate scholarship.

She has been accepted into the University of Maryland's Dental School and will begin her coursework in August. She plans on pursuing a post-doctorate residency program in orthodontics.

In soccer, Carroll was a four-year starting defender and two-year captain for the Seahawks. She earned All-CAC recognition twice and helped the team capture its first-ever conference championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2008.

She was also a two-year captain, three-time All-CAC defender and two-time all-region choice for the women's lacrosse team. She led the team in ground balls all three of her seasons and helped the Seahawks to a berth in the championship game and also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2008.

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