MU's Charlie Lyon named BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete the Year
April 9, 2014
MILWAUKEE-- Marquette University redshirt junior Charlie Lyon has been named the 2014 BIG EAST Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year, the league announced this past Thursday. He will receive $4,000 in scholarships, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies.
Lyon becomes the first Marquette University student athlete, men's or women's, to garner BIG EAST Scholar of the Year honors.
Lyon, the starting goalkeeper for the Golden Eagles men's soccer team, has excelled both on the field and in the classroom throughout his tenure. The St. Charles, Ill. native, carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.856 while majoring in biomedical sciences, and has been the starting goalkeeper for the Blue and Gold for the past two seasons.
He has been recognized for his academic success in the past, earning national recognition on several occasions. After the conclusion of the 2013 season, he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. In addition, he has twice been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 team and has been tabbed an All-BIG EAST Academic performer three-consecutive years.
Between the goal posts as Marquette's co-captain, Lyon led the team to its second BIG EAST Conference regular-season championship and first-ever BIG EAST tournament title in 2013 en route to being selected as the league's co-goalkeeper of the year. The soon to be senior, has appeared in 45 games for the Golden Eagles, notching 172 total saves and an impressive overall record of 29-11-3. He currently is Marquette's all-time career leader in goals against average (0.82) and save percentage (.823).
Fellow Marquette student athlete Katherine Plouffe of the women's basketball team also was honored by the conference, earning the BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year on the women's side.