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Three Named to NSCAA Scholar All-West Region Team

Jan. 8, 2008

Three members of LMU women's soccer team have been named to the 2007 NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-West Region Teams, it was announced Tuesday. Senior Katie Osborne was selected to the First Team while senior Joslyn Slovek and redshirt junior Stefanie Baduria each earned places on the Second Team. It is the second consecutive season that all three have been honored, with Osborne and Slovek gaining Third Team status and Baduria receiving Honorable Mention in 2006.

For Osborne (San Jose, CA) and Slovek (Scottsdale, AZ), the awards are their second of the academic variety this season after earning selections to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Third Team in November. Osborne was an Honorable Mention All-West Coast Conference player at forward in 2007, finishing with career-highs of five goals and 12 points. She was among the league-leaders in goals (tied for ninth) and game-winning goals (two, tied for 10th) while earning WCC Player of the Week honors for October 8. She closed out her career tied for tenth on the LMU career goals list with 12 and seventh on the total points list with 39. A co-captain of the Lions, Osborne is majoring in natural sciences and carries a 3.44 grade-point-average.

Slovek adds another distinction to her already impressive resume. The 2006 West Coast Conference Defender of the Year, the goalkeeper earned her second successive First Team All-WCC honor after leading the conference with 10 shutouts. Her goals-against-average of 0.72 was the second-lowest of her career and ranked her fifth in the WCC. Slovek finished her career as LMU's all-time leader in minutes played (5963) and was second in GAA (0.89), saves (267), and shutouts (28.5). Slovek won her second career WCC Player of the Week award earlier in the season for the week ending October 1. She is majoring in business administration and holds a 3.50 GPA.

Baduria (West Covina, CA) lands on the Scholar All-West Region Team after gaining Honorable Mention All-WCC honors in 2007. The accolade was her first from the conference and came on the heels of a season in which she anchored the Lion midfield with a goal and two assists in 17 starts. She is majoring in liberal studies with a 3.49 GPA.

All three players are set to graduate in May with Baduria returning to the Lions in 2008 as a graduate student and redshirt senior. The National Soccer Coaches Association recognized 36 players from all three NCAA divisions in the West Region, including five from the WCC. LMU's three players are the most among WCC schools. The criteria to be nominated for the award are that a player must have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA throughout her career, start more than 50% of the time and be a significant contributor, and be at least a junior in academic standing.