Kelly Roethe & Lisa Oldenburg Named Co-Recipients Of 2000 McCahill Award

Jan. 26, 2001

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Former Marquette University women's soccer star Kelly Roethe and women's basketball standout Lisa Oldenburg have been named co-winners of the 2000 McCahill Award by the Marquette University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The pair will be recognized at halftime of Saturday's basketball game vs. Tulane.

Roethe's selection marks the first time that a member of the women's soccer team had received the honor while Oldenburg is the fourth Marquette women's basketball player to earn the distinction.

The McCahill Award is presented annually to the senior athlete from the previous year who has demonstrated the highest performance in scholarship, leadership and athletics. It is awarded by the William J. McCahill Sr., family in honor of their son, Captain Robert L. McCahill, a Marquette athlete who was killed in World War II. The award's inception dates from 1946.

A native of nearby Wauwatosa, Roethe was a four-time letterwinner (1996-99) and left an indelible mark of the Golden Eagles' program. A starter in 89 of the 90 games she played in, she concluded her career as both Marquette's and C-USA's all-time leading scorer with 123 points on 49 goals and 25 assists. A four-time All-C-USA First Team choice, she was named the league's Freshman of the Year in 1996 and the conference's Player of the Year in 1997. Named the 1999 C-USA Tournament's Most Valuable Midfielder, Roethe finished her career with the school's freshman, junior and senior record for points. She was a two-time pick to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team. Roethe distinguished herself in the class room as well, graduating with a 3.74 GPA in biology. She was a Third-Team honoree to the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete Team in 1998-99 and landed a first team berth to that team during the 1999-2000 school year. She was a four-year member of the C-USA Academic Honor Roll and earned the league's Scholar-Athlete of The Year Award in women's soccer on two occasions.

Off the field, Roethe served as a member of Marquette's Student-Athlete Council for two years. She also served as a volunteer at the Children's Hospital of Milwaukee and for Special Olympics. She was awarded a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and is enrolled at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Oldenburg, a native of West Allis, was a catalyst on the women's basketball program that earned four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament and that captured back-to-back C-USA regular-season championships in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. During her four years, Marquette registered an overall record of 86-32 record, 49-13 in C-USA affairs.

A three-time selection to the All-C-USA Second Team, Oldenburg closed out her career ranked in Marquette's all-time top 10 in 11 categories. She finished fourth in scoring with 1,655 points and sixth in rebounds with 832. Her career scoring average of 14.0 points per game is good for fifth place while her 54.0 field goal percentage is good for the No. 1 position.

As a junior, she brought home Conference USA All-Tournament honors and was tabbed as Marquette's Outstanding Defensive Player award winner. In addition, she was the recipient of the school's Hank Raymonds Sportsmanship Award symbolic of outstanding leadership abilities both on and off the court, academic excellence and who participates in student activities.

An excellent student, Oldenburg graduated with a 3.71 GPA in Physical Therapy/English. She was named C-USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in basketball in 1999-2000 and earned a spot on the C-USA Commissioners Honor Roll all four years. As a senior, she garnered CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-District V First Team recognition and was a Third-Team CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-American.

She served as a volunteer for Special Olympics and was a member of Marquette's Student-Athlete Council.


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