Four Women's Soccer Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Americans

Charlotte's Nikki Labuda Czaplicki earns first-team honors

Nikki Labuda Czaplicki, Charlotte

Nov. 18, 2008

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Teammates Nikki Labuda Czaplicki and Hailey Beam of Charlotte were joined by Dayton's Amanda Gallow and Lauren Olson of Saint Louis on the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Ameirca Women's Soccer Teams, it was announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Czaplicki garnered first-team distinction, while Beam, Gallow and Olson garnered second-team honors.

A member of the 2008 Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team, Czaplicki graduated last May with a 3.95 grade point average 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, finished the season with seven goals, including Charlotte's second goal in its 2-0 win over Tennessee on Nov. 14 in the opening round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament. A native of Climax, N.Y., Czaplicki finished her career with 27 goals, which is tied for the fifth-highest total in program annals.

Beam was named the Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year and for the second straight year the Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Championship. 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. Just a junior, Beam was tabbed the A-10 Player of the Week three times and was named to a National Team of the Week four times this year in leading the 49ers to a program-best 18 victories and their second consecutive A-10 Championship. The Cornelius, N.C., resident was tabbed the 2008 Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year and boasts a 3.87 grade-point average in Finance.

Gallow is a pre-physical therapy major and carries a 3.95 GPA. She has been a member of the Dean's List every semester at UD and is a two-time selection to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team. The West Chester, Ohio, native was a team captain for a Flyers squad that advanced to the A-10 Championship for a record 13th consecutive season in 2008. Gallow tallied three goals this year, all game-winners, and also dished out three assists. She finished her four-year career at Dayton with 69 games played, 11 goals and seven assists.



Olson was named to the 2008 Atlantic 10 All-Conference first-team and, for a second consecutive season, earned a spot on the A-10 Academic All-Conference team and the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII first-team. The Communications major was chosen to the A-10 All-Championship Team and the Toys For Tots All-Tournament squad this past season. She was one of only two players to start all 21 games for the Billikens (11-6-4) this season, playing all but 13 minutes. The senior defender anchored a defense that led the A-10 in goals against average (0.78), allowing only 17 goals in 21 contests, and finished second with 10 shutouts, including six in league play.

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 his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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