December 23, 2009

GCSU’s Plunkett Recognized as One of Nation’s Best – Again

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Having already been chosen a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Third Team All-American, Georgia College & State University's junior goalkeeper Mary Rob Plunkett (Augusta, Ga.) was recognized as the nation's top goalkeeper - in the classroom.

Plunkett was chosen to the NSCAA College Division Scholar All-America First Team, a particularly impressive award, given the College Division includes all non-Division I women's soccer teams. She owns a lofty 3.59 GPA in general business at Georgia College and is the first Bobcat to rake in this prestigious national honor.

The junior can add the award to the growing list, taking NSCAA All-America Third Team, All-Region First Team and first team All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) as well. She was a first team All-Region Scholar, and a PBC All-Academic Second Team choice.

Plunkett was stellar on the field as well with a 0.59 GAA and a .896 save percentage, along with 86 saves and five shutouts. Her save percentage ranks fourth in the nation, while the GAA puts her 16th.

To be nominated for consideration, student-athletes must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout their career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member; be a junior or above in academic standing at the current institution and either be in their second year at the current school if a transfer student.

The NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-America selections will be recognized at the annual All-America Luncheon, held in Philadelphia, Pa., on Jan. 16 as part of the 2010 NSCAA Convention.

Plunkett was one of two conference student-athletes on the first team, joining PBC Player of the Year Kristen Burton of Armstrong Atlantic State University. The only other PBC player on the three teams was Columbus State University's junior defender Laurel McKenzie on the second team.

Despite a difficult schedule, this was the third-straight double-digit win season for the Bobcats at 10-6-5. Georgia College continues to be one of the top teams in the conference, suffering just one loss in PBC play, and landing six players to the All-PBC teams this season, more than any other school. The Bobcats also took the most positions on the PBC All-Academic Team, getting nine players on that list.

The GCSU Department of Athletics, winners of the 2008-09 PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Georgia College prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at Twitter.com username GCSUSID for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCSUBobcats.com to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame.