Kulla, McBride Collect NSCAA Scholar All-America Honors
Dec. 30, 2011
MILWAUKEE - Seniors Natalie Kulla and Kerry McBrideof the three-time BIG EAST American Division champion Marquette University women's soccer team earned more honors for their dedication on the field and inside the classroom and were named to the NSCAA Women's College Scholar All-America Second Team.
It is the second academic honor for Kulla and McBride as the duo was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team earlier in December. It is the second straight season McBride has earned NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team recognition and the first for Kulla.
"Natalie and Kerry both had outstanding careers for our program and we are very proud of them," said head coach Markus Roeders. "They shined on the field, as well as, in the classroom and in the community. Both of them represent the best and the brightest among elite collegiate players, and we are very proud that they wore Marquette jerseys and contributed to our team's success over the past years."
With a 3.56 cumulative grade point average in civil engineering, 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 was also named to the NSCAA All-Northeast Region Second Team and to the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award First Team.
Kulla graduated in December and returned to St. Louis, Mo., where she works at 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.
McBride, also a civil engineering major with a 3.52 GPA, anchored Marquette's back line as its sweeper in 2011. The MAC Hermann Award candidate helped lead one of the league's best defenses to allow just seven goals in 11 conference games, and earned repeat BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and All-BIG EAST First Team honors for her efforts. McBride played an integral role in MU's 13 shutouts in 2011 and helped to limit the opposition to just 2.7 shots on goal per game, and just 3.0 shots on goal in BIG EAST play. Following the season, McBride also earned NSCAA First Team All-Northeast Region honors for the second consecutive season.
McBride will graduate in May of 2012.
Collectively, the Golden Eagles earned a team cumulative grade point average of 3.47 for the 2010-11 academic year and were honored with the program's 16th straight NSCAA College Team Academic Award.