Natalie Kulla Named to Lowe's Senior CLASS Award First Team
Dec. 7, 2011
MILWAUKEE - After leading the Marquette women's soccer team to its third straight BIG EAST American Division title and a fourth consecutive NCAA Championship berth, senior goalkeeper Natalie Kullawas named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS First Team. Kulla was one of five players nationally to earn first team honors.
The St. Louis, Mo., native, who was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, was selected to the first team for her achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
"We couldn't be more proud of Natalie," said head coach Markus Roeders. "She had a fantastic career at Marquette and will go down in history as one of the most outstanding young ladies who has graced a Marquette uniform. Over her years, she has excelled in everything and raised the bar with her play on the field, work in the classroom, commitment to her teammates and contribution in the community. She will be missed, but we will cherish that she has made us better and Marquette a better place."
Kulla finished her career as Marquette's all-time shutouts leader (43), and she also holds the single season mark with 16 set in 2009. She holds MU's all-time goals against average record (0.735), stands second on MU's wins (58) and minutes (7835:04) lists, and fourth with 223 saves. Her 18 wins in 2011 are second in program history. Following the end of the of the regular season, Kulla was lauded as the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors for the second straight season. She recently was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team for her efforts in the classroom with a 3.56 cumulative grade point average as a civil engineering major.
Throughout her career, Kulla was 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. She also served as MU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) secretary.
Kulla will graduate later this month and is set to return to St. Louis, Mo., where she has accepted a position with Boeing as a facilities plant engineer working in the defense, space and security division. She looks to pursue a graduate degree in sustainability at Saint Louis University beginning in the summer of 2012.
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