Fan's Choice Awards: Player of the Year

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Fan's Choice Awards is a weekly feature in the Social Summer Series

Today's category is: 2011-12 Best Player

And the nominees are...

Jae Crowder - Men's Basketball
Bio & Accolades 

- BIG EAST Player of the Year
- Associated Press Second Team All-America
- John R. Wooden Award All-America Team
- All-BIG EAST First Team selection along with MU teammate Darius Johnson-Odom
- Selected as one of 15 finalists for the 2012 John R. Wooden Award
- NABC Coaches' All-American Third Team 
- Became the 44th player in the history of the program to reach 1,000 points (and only the fifth to do it in just two seasons)
- Posted 17 points and 13 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament Third Round match up vs. Murray State for his 14th double-double of the season, including fifth consecutive
- Crowder's 88 steals on the season is the third-best single-season mark in program history, one steal shy of tying the MU single-season record.


Ciara Jones - Women's Volleyball
Bio & Accolades

- AVCA All-America Honorable Mention
- AVCA All-Northeast Region
- All-BIG EAST First Team
- Eleventh player in MU history to reach the 1,000-kill plateau
- Tied with Martha Meyer for sixth on MU's all-time kills list with 1,140 in her career
- Tied for ninth all-time at MU in hitting percentage (.234; 1,140-464-2,885)
- Led Marquette to first NCAA tournament victory over Western Kentucky (Dec. 2) with 17 kills and a hitting percentage of .273
- Landed 18 of her 23 attacks for kills as she hit .739 against Notre Dame (Nov. 11) for the Golden Eagles first sweep in series history
- Earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Nov. 15) mention for her play against ND and DePaul
- Became the 11th player in Marquette history with 1,000 kills when she landed her fourth against Rutgers on Oct. 23
- Named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll after helping MU to 3-0 sweeps of Georgetown (Oct. 7) and Villanova (Oct. 9)
- Recorded a career-high 24 kills in 3-2 loss to No. 9 Minnesota (Sept. 18), in which MU held a 2-1 advantage entering the fourth set 

Natalie Kulla - Women's Soccer
Bio & Accolades

- BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year
- BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
- First Team All-BIG EAST
- Capital One Academic All-America Second Team
- Lowes Senior CLASS Award Finalist
- NSCAA All-Northeast Region Second Team
- NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team
- Led the BIG EAST with 11 shutouts, including seven in BIG EAST play
- Posted a BIG EAST-best goals against average in conference games (0.63) and in overall games (0.79)
- Stopped a season-high five shots at West Virginia
- Named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week Aug. 22 following shutouts over Western Michigan and Northwestern
- Named to the MKE Cup All-Tournament Team
- Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 26) following wins over DePaul and Notre Dame.

Calum Mallace - Men's Soccer
Bio & Accolades  

- Named 2011 BIG EAST Conference Midfielder of the Year and was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection
- 2011 Second Team All-America (College Soccer News)
- Received Marquette's men's soccer Most Valuable Player honors
- Candidate for Soccer News Net College Boot 2011 Men's Soccer Player of the Year
- Drafted No. 20 overall (first selection of 2nd Rd.) by the Montreal Impact, becoming the first-ever MU player to be selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft
- Began the season as the No. 31-ranked pro prospect among college seniors, according to Joe Mauceri of, and the No. 13-ranked midfielder
- Scored two goals in the annual Blue vs. Gold preseason match, including the equalizer with 14 seconds from full time to force a 2-2 draw
- Played for the Chicago Fire PDL squad during the summer along with MU teammate Bryan Ciesiulka


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