Women's soccer earns NSCAA Team Academic Award

Dec. 14, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - The Jacksonville women's soccer team earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic award after posting a 3.12 team gpa in the classroom during the 2005 fall semester.

"I am very pleased to see our success in the classroom and for the program to earn this honor," said head coach Chris Kouns. "This is a great building block for the academic progress we hope to continue, along with our improving athletic success."

The Dolphins were led by freshmen Keri Zwikker and Michelle Lavine who each tallied a 4.0 in the classroom. Senior Amber Otto also finished with a 3.91 gpa in her final fall semester.

All three players also earned awards on the field this season. Zwikker earned Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year and first team all-conference honors after leading the team with 14 goals. She also led the conference in goals scored and scored a school-record five goals against Lipscomb.

Lavine and Otto picked up second-team all-A-Sun accolades. Lavine notched a team-high 15 assists to rank fifth in the nation and led the conference. She also tied for a single-game best game in the nation with five assists against Lipscomb. As team captain, Otto scored a goal and recorded two assists for the Dolphins.

"If we continue to recruit student-athletes who are successful in the classroom, then it will help us achieve our goals on the field," Kouns said. "Success in both goes hand in hand."