Patriot League Announces Women's Soccer Academic Awards

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner was named Patriot League Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year Thursday.
Navy junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner was named Patriot League Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year Thursday.

Nov. 1, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy junior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner was named Patriot League Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was one of 11 student-athletes named to the Academic All-League team, it was announced Thursday. The awards are voted on by the League's eight women's soccer sports information directors who cannot cast ballots for their own student-athletes.

Now in its third year, the Academic All-Patriot League Team was added for all sports beginning in the 2010-11 season to honor additional student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The Women's Soccer Academic All-Patriot League Team has 11 student-athletes to equal the size of the sport's All-Patriot League first team.

Seven schools are represented, with Army leading the way with three selections. American and Bucknell were next with two representatives apiece, followed by Colgate, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy with one each.

Hoerner added to her awards haul Thursday, earning the Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor to go along with her Goalkeeper of the Year accolade and first-team All-Patriot League laurels. The junior from Lititz, Pa., is 16-1-1 in goal for the Mids, who own the nation's second-longest unbeaten streak at 19 games (18-0-1). In over 1,500 minutes this season, Hoerner as the League's best goals-against average (1.07) and the third-highest save percentage (.800) while stopping 72 shots and recording four clean sheets on her own. She's also combined on three others for Navy.

Hoerner has shined in the classroom as well. An honors oceanography major, she has a 3.77 cumulative grade-point average at the U.S. Naval Academy, where she also has a 4.0 GPA within her major. The secretary of the Class of 2014 at the academy, Hoerner has been named to the Commandant's List four times, the Superintendent's List on three occasions and the Dean's List once. A two-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member, she is involved in the Naval Academy Leadership Conference, the Midshipmen Action Group and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has served as a Naval Academy Summer Seminar Squad Leader.

Hoerner becomes the sixth from Navy named Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's soccer, and the first since Beth Reed in 2009.

Hoerner was one of six student-athletes to add Academic All-League laurels to their All-League selections Thursday. Joining her were American's Hannah Tatro, Molly McGuigan and Joey Molacek from Army, Bucknell's Sandita McDermott and Colgate's Caroline Brawner.

Tatro, a senior, earned first-team All-League laurels and was named to the Academic All-League team with a 3.87 cumulative GPA majoring in health promotion. McGuigan, a junior, was named to the All-League first team and added Academic All-League recognition with a 3.694 GPA studying economics. Molacek, a junior, was a second-team selection, and has a 3.377 GPA majoring in engineering management. McDermott, a senior, garnered Academic All-League honors with a 3.41 GPA while studying in economics and international relations after captured second-team All-League laurels. Brawner, a sophomore and second-team All-League honoree, was named Academic All-League with a 3.50 GPA. She has yet to declare a major.

The rest of the Academic All-League team is made up of American senior Jasmine Mohandesi (3.56 GPA majoring in biology); Army junior Jaclyn Kalik (3.919, life science); Bucknell senior Meghan Fitzpatrick (3.98, management); Lafayette senior Lauren Smedley (3.27, neuroscience); and Lehigh sophomore Darby Dustman (3.81, industrial engineering).

Second-seeded Colgate and No. 3 American will open the Patriot League Tournament Friday at 3 p.m. in Annapolis, Md. The night cap will feature top seed and host Navy taking on No. 4 Lehigh at 7 p.m. The semifinal winners will square off in the championship match Sunday at 2 p.m. with an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament at stake.

2012 Patriot League Women's Soccer Academic Awards

Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Elizabeth Hoerner, Navy, Jr.

Academic All-Patriot League Team
Jasmine Mohandesi, American, Sr.
Hannah Tatro, American, Sr.
Jaclyn Kalik, Army, Jr.
Molly McGuigan, Army, Jr.
Joey Molacek, Army, Jr.
Meghan Fitzpatrick, Bucknell, Sr.
Sandita McDermott, Bucknell, Sr.
Caroline Brawner, Colgate, So.
Lauren Smedley, Lafayette, Sr.
Darby Dustman, Lehigh, So.
Elizabeth Hoerner, Navy, Jr.