Three Badgers Named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 2:30pm

DECATUR, Ala. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Friday that Spring Hill College's Abby Galen, Emma Pitchford and Lorie Pendergast have been named 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Women's Soccer Scholar-Athletes.

Galen, a junior midfielder from St. Louis, Mo., majors in Accounting with a minor in Marketing. This season she scored four goals with one assist for the Badgers for a total of nine points.

Pitchford, a senior goalkeeper from Ridgeland, Miss., majors in Art Therapy and Psychology. In 2010, she made 34 saves with one shutout.

Pendergast, a junior defender from St. Louis, is majoring in International Business & Hispanic Studies with a minor in International Studies. She has started 53 of the 54 matches played by the Badgers over the past three seasons.

Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify. The NAIA awarded a total of 446 women's soccer players the honor this season.

Since the award's inception in 1980, Spring Hill College has had 116 student-athletes win NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition.

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