Czaplicki and Beam Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans

The 49ers women's soccer program have now had eight Academic All-Americans since 2003


Nikki Labuda Czaplicki is a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

Nov. 18, 2008

Charlotte, NC - Two members of the Charlotte 49ers nationally-ranked women's soccer team were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American women's soccer team, selected by CoSIDA. Senior forward Nikki Labuda Czaplicki, who was a 2006 second-team Academic All-American, earned first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors. Junior midfielder Hailey Beam was named second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

These two players played a major role in helping the 49ers women's soccer program reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament after capturing their third straight A-10 regular season title and their second straight A-10 Tournament title. The 49ers finished the season with a school-record 18 wins and a #18 national ranking in the final Soccer America poll.

The 49ers women's soccer program has had eight Academic All-Americans since 2003 and seven of those Academic All-Americans have come since Jon Lipsitz became the 49ers coach in 2005. Beam and Czaplicki join Lindsey Duncan (2003), Kelsie Ormsby (2006), and Lindsey Ozimek (2005-2007) as the 49ers women's soccer program's Academic All-Americans.

Czaplicki, who joins Ozimek as the 49ers women's soccer program's only first-team Academic All-Americans, graduated last May with a 3.95 GPA in Economics and Math. She is currently working on a Master's Degree in Mathematical Finance. Czaplicki, who was a three-time first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection, is a three-time winner of the 49ers Athletic Department's highest academic honor, the Bonnie Cone Award for Academic Excellence.

 

 

She not only excels in the classroom but on the field as well as a two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection. She finished the season with seven goals including the 49ers second goal in their 2-0 first round NCAA Tournament win over Tennessee last Friday. She scored game-winning goals against Tennessee Tech and George Washington this season. She finished her career with 27 goals which tied her with Meredith Mayo (1997-00) for the fifth highest total in school history. Her 63 career points is tied with Blair Angell (1994-97) for the eighth highest total in school history.

Beam, who's older sister is Ozimek, was named Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year and for the second straight year A-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player. She was named third-team TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Season. The first-team All-Atlantic 10 selection led the Atlantic 10 and ranks among the nation's leaders with 17 goals, 13 assists and 47 points. She scored three goals with two assists at St. Bonaventure and two goals with two assists against Saint Joseph's. Against Richmond, she recorded her third multiple goals game of the season with two goals. Beam was named A-10 Player of the Week three times and she was named to a National Team of the Week four times this year as well.

Beam, who was named A-10 Women's Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year award, has a 3.87 GPA in Finance.

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