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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Seven SGU players named scholar athletes

  • The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that seven St. Gregory’s University soccer players have been named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
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  • The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that seven St. Gregory’s University soccer players have been named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
     
    Women’s players Jennifer Alesch, Heather Anderson, Sarah Cochlin and Kaitlin Hannaford, along with men’s players Thomas McNamara, Luke Keogh and Brock Vorwald, made the list.
     
    In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for the honor.
     
    Alesch, a senior from Mustang, led the Lady Cavalier attack this season with 31 shots, including 10 on goal. She also scored two goals and recorded one assist.
    Alesch started 15 games in 2012.
     
    The forward is majoring in criminal justice and has a 3.54 GPA. While at SGU, Alesch has earned dean’s honor roll status and has been a team captain since her sophomore season.
     
    Anderson is a senior from Shawnee. The goalkeeper is majoring in communications and has a 3.56 GPA.
     
    Anderson is SGU’s student government president and is a member of Theta Chi Omega sorority. She played in one game this season.
     
    Cochlin, a senior from Choteau, played in 11 games and recorded two shots this season. The midfielder is majoring in biomedical sciences and has a 3.73 GPA.
     
    Cochlin is a previous NAIA Scholar Athlete award winner.
     
    She has one goal on eight shots for her SGU career
    Hannaford, a junior from Tulsa, started 16 games this year for the Lady Cavs. The defender is majoring in elementary education and has a 3.52 GPA.
     
    Hannaford has one goal on 16 shots while at SGU.
     
    McNamara started 11 games this season for SGU and scored one goal. He has played in 58 career games for the Cavaliers, scoring a total of four goals, one assist and one game-winning goal.
     
    McNamara has a 3.60 grade point average while majoring in social studies education.
     
    Vorwald started 13 games at goalkeeper in 2012, recording 58 saves and two shutouts. In September, he was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
     
    An NAIA Scholar-Athlete selection a year ago, Vorwald has been on the dean's honor roll, president's honor roll and the National Honor Society at SGU. He has a 3.82 grade point average while majoring in biomedical sciences.
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    Keogh started 15 games this season for the Cavs and recorded one goal and one assist. He has been on the dean's honor roll, president's honor roll and National Honor Society at SGU.
     
    Keogh has a 3.97 grade point average while majoring in criminal justice. He was also recently named a Capital One Academic All-American.
     
    Note: Report provided by Brad Collins, SGU sports information director.
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