Trio Earns BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards
July 8, 2014
NEW YORK - Marquette University student-athletes Elizabeth Koberstein (women's volleyball), Charlie Lyon (men's soccer) and Emily Jacobson (women's soccer) were honored Tuesday morning in their respective sports as the 2013-14 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winners, recognizing academic and athletic achievement as well as community service.
The trio led Marquette's most prominent fall sports programs to three NCAA Championship appearances in 2013, as well as BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles in each sport. Under their leadership the three programs went 57-16-2 overall during the fall campaign and 30-3-1 in BIG EAST action.
The honors mark the second-consecutive year that Marquette has won for men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball. Danielle Carlson (women's volleyball), Bryan Ciesiulka (men's soccer) and Ally Miller (women's soccer) all earned recognition in 2012-13, while Carlson also won the award in 2011-12 for volleyball along with Kerry McBride for women's soccer.
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.
Koberstein, the second two-time AVCA All-American in Marquette history, became the first to earn mention on one of the AVCA's top three All-America teams with third team honors in December. She was also a third team Volleyball Magazine All-American and earned CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team honors as a senior.
The 2013 BIG EAST Player of the Year led the Golden Eagles to league-best marks in hitting percentage, assists and kills, while ranking third individually in the nation in assists per set at 12.18 per frame. The Madison, Wis., native ended her career fourth in Marquette history with 2,868 assists.
In 2013, Lyon tied a program record with 10 shutouts for the second year in a row, a feat that earned him All-BIG EAST First Team honors, a share of the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year award and a spot on the NSCAA/Continental Tire Men's NCAA Division I All-Great Lakes Region Third Team. Off the pitch, Lyon was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team and won the BIG EAST Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year Award.
Jacobson graduated in May with degrees in exercise science and physiology and was a 2013 NSCAA Second Team Scholar All-American. She was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team and was the conference tournament defensive MVP. She helped the Golden Eagles allow just 16 goals all season with 11 shutouts and recorded two goals in the campaign. Jacobson was also selected to the NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team and the NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central First Team.