Dec. 7, 2012
CHICAGO - Six members of the 2012 Loyola University Chicago softball team have been tabbed National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athletes, it was announced this week. That total represents the Ramblers' highest number of honorees since securing nine spots on the NFCA Scholar-Athlete Team in 2008.
Brooke Andresen (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South), Lauren Arceneaux (Algonquin, Ill./Jacobs), Emily Bentley (Midland, Mich./Midland), Hannah Berris (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North), Keali Engelkens (Milledgeville, Ill./Milledgeville), and Seana Stillson (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park River Forest) all received NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition for their academic achievements in 2011-12.
"Our team prides itself on excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community, and these six young women epitomize the term student-athlete," third-year Loyola head coach Missy Beseres said. "I couldn't be more proud of how they represent our program."
Presented to any player submitted by a member coach who achieved a 3.50 grade-point average or higher during the 2011-12 academic year, NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes represent the best and the brightest in collegiate softball.
Earlier this fall, Loyola was also recognized by the NFCA for having a team GPA of 3.35 in 2011-12, a figure that ranked No. 32 in the nation and third among Horizon League schools.
Loyola opens up the 2013 campaign at the Kickin' Chicken Classic hosted by Coastal Carolina University, February 22.