Tafler Named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American of the Year

Two Lakers Chosen for All-American Teams

Katy Tafler was the College Division winner of the Academic All-American of the Year award.

Nov. 18, 2008

Towson, Md. - Senior forward Katy Tafler of undefeated Grand Valley State has been named the winner of the College Division ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Tafler was also selected to the College Division Academic All-American First Team, while junior Natalja Stanski earned second team honors.

Named as the Daktronics Division II Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007, Tafler is the top scorer for Grand Valley State, the No. 1-ranked team in NCAA Division II. A two-time first team All-American selection, she has scored 114 goals with 41 assists for 269 points in her career, all school records. After scoring 36 goals with 13 assists in 2007, she has 20 goals and 13 assists this season. The Mississauga, Ontario, Canada native is a Biomedical Science major with a 3.91 G.P.A. Tafler, who has led the Lakers to an 82-6-2 record in her career, has been the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Offensive Player of the Year three times.

Stanski shifted from midfield to defense and responded by anchoring the top-ranked scoring defense in Division II. The Lakers have allowed just four goals all season, averaging out to .19 goals-against per game. Stanski and the Lakers also rank first in Division II in shutout percentage (.857) after setting an NCAA Division II single-season record with 19 shutouts. Stanski has also put together a perfect 4.0 G.P.A while majoring in Pre-Medical Tech.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at her current institution and be nominated by her sports information department.



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