North Carolina's Whitney Engen Named ACC Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Feb. 24, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina senior defender Whitney Engen has been named the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and heads up the sport’s ACC All-Academic team, as announced today by Commissioner John D. Swofford.

All 11 league schools that compete in women’s soccer are represented on this year’s ACC All-Academic Team, which includes four players that were named first-, second- or third-team All-America and both the ACC Defensive Player of the Year (Engen) and the Offensive Player of the Year (Florida State’s Tiffany McCarty).

The 2009 ACC All-Academic Team also includes 11 players that were named first- or second-team All-ACC and six members of the ACC All-Freshman Team. Eighteen members of the All-Academic Team were named Academic All-District by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA, and four were named Academic All-America by the NSCAA or ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA.

Engen, a consensus All-American, earlier received the 2009-10 Honda Award for women’s soccer, designating her as the nation's top collegiate female athlete in that sport. Engen, of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., was the center back in North Carolina's unique flat back-three defensive scheme. She made the transition to defense after starting at forward her first two years at UNC, finishing those two seasons as North Carolina's third-leading scorer with 37 points and 20 points, respectively. She was named the 2009 NCAA Women's College Cup MVP on Defense after helping her team to its third national championship in the past four years.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

To be eligible for All-Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.

The 2009 ACC All-Academic Women's Soccer team is as follows:

2009 ACC All-Academic Women’s Soccer Team
Name, Class, School Pos. Major
Kelly Henderson, Sr., Boston College D Elementary Education
Maddy Elder, Fr., Clemson F Biological Sciences
Jane Alukonis, Sr., Duke M Political Science
*Kendall Bradley, Jr., Duke M Evolutionary Anthropology
Tara Campbell, Fr., Duke GK Undeclared
*KayAnne Gummersall, Sr., Duke F Sociology
*Cody Newman, So, Duke F Undeclared
Elisabeth Redmond, Sr., Duke F History
#Becky Edwards. Sr., Florida State D/M Marketing
Tori Huster, So., Florida State M Exercise Science
**Marissa Kazbour, Jr., Florida State M Sports Management
Tiffany McCarty, So., Florida State F Psychology
Erin McNulty, Jr., Florida State GK Management
Jessica Price, So., Florida State F Sport Management
*Mary Casey, Sr., Maryland GK Kinesiological Science
Molly Dreska, Jr., Maryland M Marketing
*Caitlin McDowell, Jr., Maryland M Marketing
Ashlee Burt, So., Miami D/M Undeclared
Beverly Goebel, Sr., Miami M Sport Administration
**Brittney Macdonald, Jr., Miami D Biology
**Brittney Steinbruch, Jr., Miami M Sport Administration
Amber Brooks, Fr., North Carolina M Undeclared
#Whitney Engen, Sr., North Carolina D Political Science
#Kristi Eveland, Sr., North Carolina D Business Administration
**Ashlyn Harris, Sr., North Carolina GK Communication Studies
*Ali Hawkins, Jr., North Carolina M Political Science/Communication Studies
Kara Blosser, Fr. NC State M/F Fist-Year College
Tanya Cain, So., NC State F Accounting
Colleen Flanagan, Jr., Virginia M Sociology
Meghan Lenczyk, Jr., Virginia F Psychology
Morgan Stith, Fr., Virginia D Undeclared
*Robin Chidester, Sr., Virginia Tech F Communications
Kelly Conheeney, Fr., Virginia Tech M Communications
*Jennifer Harvey, Jr., Virginia Tech M Chemistry
*Emily Jukich, Sr., Virginia Tech F Political Science
Brittany Michels, So., Virginia Tech M/F Apparel, Housing and Resource Management
Bianca D’Agostino, Jr., Wake Forest M Communications
*Caitlin Farrell, Sr., Wake Forest F Communications
Jill Hutchinson, Sr., Wake Forest F Business
Jackie Logue, Fr., Wake Forest D Undeclared
#Allie Sadow, Sr. Wake Forest F Health and Exercise Science

2009 Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Whitney Engen, North Carolina

# - Four-time honoree
** - Three-time honoree
* - Repeat honoree from 2008