June 27, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. --- The University of Portland has selected women's soccer player Stephanie Lopez and men's track and field/cross country runner David Kinsella as its 2006-07 Female and Male Athletes of the Year. Lopez, a redshirt junior, balanced time as a starter with the U.S. National Team as an All-American defender with the Pilots. Kinsella, a redshirt sophomore, earned All-America honors in track and was a second team Academic All-American.
While both have been recognized nationally for their athletic excellence, Lopez and Kinsella have also been stellar on the academic front. Lopez has maintained a 3.78 cumulative grade-point average despite her numerous calls into national team training camp and matches throughout her collegiate career. She has twice been named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team and has made the Dean's List all seven semesters on campus. Kinsella was recently named a second team Academic All-American after earning District VIII first team academic honors. A junior academically, the Redmond, Wash. native has a 3.96 grade-point average and is majoring in biology. He has been named to the Dean's List all six semesters on The Bluff.
Lopez has been a three-year starter for the Pilots, earning All-America distinction each season. The Elk Grove, Calif. native appeared in just 14 collegiate matches in 2006 while splitting time with the U.S. National Team. She recorded her first career goal and added four assists from her left back position, helping Portland reach the NCAA quarterfinals. A Soccer Buzz National Player of the Year finalist, Lopez was also named to the Soccer America National MVP Team. She collected her third consecutive All-WCC First Team award and was a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy.
Perhaps her most impressive accomplishments have come at the international level, where Lopez cracked the starting lineup for the national team. Since September, Lopez has appeared in 14 matches with the U.S., making eight starts. She has recorded four assists, including the first of her career which was on the game-winner in stoppage time against Iceland on October 8.
Kinsella overcame a frustrating cross country season which he missed because of injury to have one of the best track seasons in school history. He qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in the 10,000 meters with the 23rd fastest time in the nation and fourth fastest time in UP history (28:57.97). He finished 12th overall at nationals to earn All-America status. He also won the 10,000 at the Independent Championships and posted the third fastest indoor 5,000 meter time in school history (14:02.01) at the UW Last Chance Invitational to earn NCAA provisional qualifier status.
Lopez becomes the seventh consecutive soccer player to win the award on the women's side, while Kinsella is the fourth consecutive runner to take the men's award.
The University of Portland Male and Female Athletes of the Year are selected by a vote of athletic administrators and head coaches.