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Marquette Soccer Player Natalie Kulla Named 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Marquette University soccer standout Natalie Kulla has been named the 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the conference's Academic Affairs Committee.

A senior from St. Louis, Mo., Kulla will receive a $4,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. The Conference also announced the female winners of the 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. Each institutional winner receives $2,000 toward graduate studies. Kulla is Marquette's first BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Kulla completed her career in 2011 as one of the top goalkeepers in BIG EAST history. She is a two-time BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and the holder of Marquette's single-season (16) and career (43) shutout records. She had a school-record 0.74 goals-against average in her career and ranks second on the school's career wins (58) and minutes (7835:04) charts. 

Kulla helped the Golden Eagles to three consecutive BIG EAST American Division titles and four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. 

Kulla graduated from Marquette in December with a 3.56 grade-point average as a civil engineering major. She was chosen to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team in 2011 and is a four-year member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. She currently works as a facilities plant engineer in the defense, space and security division at Boeing and plans to pursue a graduate degree in sustainability at Saint Louis University.

Aside from her academic and athletic accomplishments, Kulla also is active with a number of community service efforts. She was chair of Marquette's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, has performed volunteer work with the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Milwaukee and helps leads fundraising efforts on behalf of the Children's Medical Research Foundation Cure for Kirby.

The American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference and American Eagle Outfitters during the 2011-12 academic year. Thirty-two student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST's 16 member institutions) will be named as the winners of the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. The conference also names male and female American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year and an American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Female Scholar-Athlete Awards

School

Name

Sport(s)

Major

Cincinnati

Missy Harpenau

Volleyball

Health Promotion and Education

Connecticut

Heather Wilson

Track & Field

Exercise Science

DePaul

Melissa Fraser

Track & Field

Physical Education/Fitness Management

Georgetown

Emily Infeld

Cross Country/Track & Field

Operations and Information Management

Louisville

Chinwe Okoro

Track & Field

Biology

Marquette

Natalie Kulla

Soccer

Civil Engineering

Notre Dame

Shannon Mathews

Tennis

Finance

Pittsburgh

Kelly Hmiel

Softball

Administration of Justice

Providence

Jennifer Abrams

Softball

Marketing

Rutgers

Alexandra Kelly

Track & Field

English

St. John's

Nicole Cocozza

Track & Field

English, Legal Studies

Seton Hall

Meghan Matusiak

Volleyball

Social & Behavioral Science

USF

Shaniel Chambers

Cross Country/Track & Field

Criminology

Villanova

Katie Ryan

Soccer

Psychology

West Virginia

Ahna Lewis

Cross Country

Secondary Education/English

 

 

American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athletes Of The Year

Year

Name, School, Sport

1985

Leigh Curl, Connecticut, Basketball

1986

Joanne Keehs, Villanova, Track & Field

1987

Karen Ferreria, Providence, Volleyball

1988

Noreen Coughlin, Pittsburgh, Volleyball

1989

Vicki Huber, Villanova, Track & Field

1990

Siobhan Gallagher, Providence, Track & Field

1991

Cami White, Providence, Field Hockey

1992

Kelly Larkin, Syracuse, Field Hockey

1993

Nnenna Lynch, Villanova, Track & Field

1994

Allison Williams, Pittsburgh, Track & Field

1995

Becky Spies, Villanova, Cross Country/Track & Field

1996

Najuma Fletcher, Pittsburgh, Track & Field

1997

Jen Renola, Notre Dame, Soccer

1998

Charity Wachera, West Virginia, Track & Field

1999

Gladys Ganiel, Providence, Cross Country/Track & Field

2000

Jenny Streiffer, Notre Dame, Soccer

2001

Ruth Riley, Notre Dame, Basketball

2002

Jarrah Myers, Notre Dame, Softball

2003

Erin McIntyre, Rutgers, Swimming & Diving

2004

Vanessa Pruzinsky, Notre Dame, Soccer

2005

Nicole Lee, Georgetown, Cross Country/Track & Field

2006

Kelly Harrigan, Rutgers, Swimming & Diving

2007

Jessica Javelet, Louisville, Field Hockey

2008

Jillian Drouin, Syracuse, Track & Field

2009

Jennifer Kleinhans, Connecticut, Field Hockey

2010

Meagan Dooley, Pittsburgh, Volleyball

2011

Maya Moore, Connecticut, Basketball

2012

Natalie Kulla, Marquette, Soccer