Kansas City, Mo. – Saint Xavier University junior defender Molly Sheehan (Orland Park, Ill./Stagg) was named a 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete when the NAIA national office recently released the awards. In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and achieved junior academic status. Sheehan represented SXU as one of just 492 NAIA women's soccer players nationwide to earn the 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete distinction. Graceland University (Iowa) led all NAIA institutions with nine individuals on the list.
Sheehan played in 18 of SXU's 19 games this fall and garnered two assists and two points on the season. She was ninth on the team in total shots with 11 and shots-on-goal with five. Sheehan helped lead a defense that allowed 1.53 goals a game and boasted six shutouts on the year. She is a speech pathology major with a 3.88 cumulative GPA.
The Cougars' season ended in the first round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Tournament in a hard-fought 4-3 overtime battle against No. 2 seed Judson University (Ill.). Saint Xavier finished its 2012 campaign with a 10-8-1 overall record under first-year head coach Evan Strehlau. The Cougars finished in a three-way tie for fifth place in the final CCAC regular season standings with a 6-5-0 conference mark.
Click here to see the entire list of the NAIA Women's Soccer Scholar-Athletes