Marquette Trio Earns BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards
June 21, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Marquette University student-athletes Danielle Carlson (women’s volleyball), Bryan Ciesiulka (men’s soccer) and Ally Miller (women’s soccer) were honored Thursday afternoon in their respective sports as the 2012-13 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winners, recognizing academic and athletic achievement as well as community service.
The three combined to lead Marquette’s most prominent fall sports programs to three NCAA Championship appearances in 2012, while each also collected All-BIG EAST, All-America and Academic All-America accolades. Under their leadership the three programs went 61-13-5 overall during the fall campaign and 27-4-2 in BIG EAST action.
The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST-sponsored sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council.
Notre Dame had a league-high five individuals honored by the conference, while Louisville had four winners. Marquette, Seton Hall and Villanova had three each.
A repeat selection, Carlson was honored as the 2011-12 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winner for women’s volleyball and also earned the league’s institutional female scholar-athlete award in February. She earned BIG EAST All-Academic recognition in each of her four years and was the only women’s volleyball player in the conference to earn Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors in 2012.
Carlson graduated in December 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in both theology and psychology as the most decorated women’s volleyball player in program history. The Marshfield, Wis., native ended her career as Marquette’s all-time leader in hitting percentage and is MU’s only two-time AVCA All-American.
The 2012 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, Miller will graduate in December 2013 with degrees in both advertising and marketing and was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award as a senior. Miller anchored MU's backline all season and helped produce a team-record and NCAA-leading 17 shutouts. She scored a career-best seven goals to help the Golden Eagles advance to the Sweet 16 round in the NCAA Championship.
Miller also claimed BIG EAST Championship all-tournament team honors as Golden Eagles won the league tournament for a first time in program history and earned a fourth consecutive BIG EAST American Division crown.
Prior to Miller, former Marquette defender Kerry McBride earned the award in 2011-12 for women’s soccer.
Ciesiulka, who boasts a 3.71 cumulative grade point average majoring in mathematics and education, directed one of the most potent offenses in the nation, leading the Golden Eagles to a 16-4-2 overall record in 2012 and an appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship as the No. 7 overall seed.
He was also named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and was a College Sports Madness Second Team All-American while scoring five goals this past season with nine assists.
In addition to his efforts on the pitch and in the classroom, Ciesiulka organized a service event through the Feed My Starving Children organization. With the help of the Marquette Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, he raised over $22,000 for meals for up to 100,000 hungry and malnourished children.