Kulla and McBride Named to Lowe's Senior CLASS Award List

Natalie Kulla

Aug. 17, 2011

MILWAUKEE - Marquette University senior goalkeeper Natalie Kulla and defender Kerry McBride are among 30 senior female NCAA college soccer players listed as candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award is presented each year to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I student-athlete of the year across ten different sports.

"This is a wonderful recognition for both of them," said head coach Markus Roeders. "We are proud of what they have done for Marquette University. They are very deserving to be included on this list. The Lowe's Senior CLASS award recognizes excellence on and off the field and Natalie and Kerry have truly done that so far during their career. We are excited for both of them and what their senior campaigns will hold."

Kulla, a three-year starting goalkeeper and BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year, is a civil engineering major with a 3.596 cumulative grade point average. Along with her league goalkeeper of the year and All-BIG EAST First Team honors, she was recognized by CoSIDA as an Academic All-Region Second Team selection and by the NSCAA as a NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region First Team honoree following the 2010 season.

Kerry McBride

McBride, also civil engineering major with a 3.521 cumulative grade point average, went from playing in the midfield during her first two seasons to MU's starting sweeper for the 2010 season. She was named to the NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-America Third Team, honored as the BIG EAST Conference's Defensive Player of the Year, along with earning All-BIG EAST First Team and NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team accolades in 2010. Coupled with her work in the classroom, McBride was recognized with NSCAA Second Team Scholar All-America honors as well as NSCAA Scholar All-Central Region First Team accolades following the 2010 season.

Both Kulla and McBride are also very involved service projects on Marquette's campus and in the Milwaukee community, including Cure for Kirby, TOPSoccer, Hunger Clean-Up, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee and St. Vincent DePaul. Kulla also serves as MU's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) secretary.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select ten finalists for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in early October. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award. The winner will then be announced at the NCAA Division I Women's College Cup.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. The award is sponsored by Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, and is managed by Premier Sports Management.




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