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Shauna Stapleton, Entonology Senior, named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Soccer First Team

Purdue Sports
November 20, 2007

Shauna Stapleton is majoring in entomology. She has twice been named Purdue's Entomology Student of the Year.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue senior Shauna Stapleton was named Tuesday to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Soccer first team. A native of Springfield, Ohio, Stapleton is the first Boilermaker to receive Academic All-America recognition in the program's 10-year history.

Only 11 student-athletes are named to the first team, and Stapleton was just one of three midfielders voted to this select group by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). Stapleton was first tabbed to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V first team in early November, which allowed her name to be forwarded onto the national ballot.

Stapleton is majoring in entomology and claims a cumulative grade-point average close to a 4.0. She has been named to the Dean's List on six occasions, and was selected Entomology Student of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Stapleton was inducted into the Mortar Board National Honor Society in 2007.

On the field, it's quite possible Stapleton produced the best all-around season in the history of Purdue women's soccer.

Through 25 matches and over 1800 minutes played, Stapleton became the first Boilermaker to register double-digit totals in goals (10) and assists (11). She also provided four game-winning goals and placed close to 54 percent of her 52 shots on goal.

The first major playing award of Stapleton's career was the title of NSCAA Player of the Week, which she earned this September after scoring three goals in victories over Washington (3-1) and then-No. 1 Portland (1-0).

This postseason, Stapleton was first voted by the conference coaches to the All-Big Ten first team at midfield and later was selected as the Big Ten Tournament's Offensive MVP. Stapleton totaled one goal and three assists through wins over Northwestern, Illinois and Ohio State, as Purdue coasted to its first conference tournament title.

Stapleton's and Purdue's season ended Sunday, falling 4-3 to Indiana in penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie. Her career numbers include 15 goals and 14 assists for 44 points, and she holds the varsity record for matches played with 87. Stapleton's three career multiple-assist games are tied for the most in program history with Annette Kent, Kim Comisar and Lauren Sesselmann.