Dec. 16, 2009
FRISCO, Texas - Lamar junior Erin Binagia was named to the Capital One Bank/Academic All-Southland Conference Women's Soccer Team as announced by the league office on Wednesday.
The defender from Nederland, Texas, made history in becoming the first player in the program's three-year history to achieve such an honor. Earlier this season she became the program's first-ever ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.
Binagia, who was named to the conference's 12-member first team with a 4.0 grade point average in exercise science, has appeared in 42 career games and is one of four three-year letterwinners at Lamar since the program began in 2007
She is a two-time member of the Southland Conference Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll and a four-time President's List honoree. Binagia is one of three players on the Lady Cardinals' team to receive the prestigious Mirabeau Scholarship by Lamar.
Binagia graduated from Nederland High School where she was a first team all-district 20-4A selection. She was also named to the academic all-state team before becoming the valedictorian of her graduating class.
Among the 22 student-athletes selected for academic recognition, 12 hold a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Five selections have a 4.00 GPA, including Binagia, Dana Mayer and Kyle McIntosh of Southeastern Louisiana, and Jenny Pence and Kate Wesneski of Sam Houston State.
The All-Academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.
Included in Capital One Bank's support of the Southland Conference Academic Awards Program is the F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship, the All-Academic Teams, the Student-Athlete of the Year, the Scholar-Athlete award and the Commissioner's Honor Roll.