Lyon, Sisson Named BIG EAST Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Emily Sisson, Providence

Emily Sisson, Providence

April 3, 2014

NEW YORK – Marquette’s Charles Lyon and Providence’s Emily Sisson were named the BIG EAST Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the league announced. Lyon plays soccer for the Golden Eagles and Sisson runs on the Friars’ cross country and track programs.

Lyon is a senior from St. Charles, Ill., while Sisson is a senior from Chesterfield, Mo. They both will receive $4,000 scholarships, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies. Lyon is Marquette’s first BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Sisson is the second consecutive BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year from Providence and sixth Friar honored since the award was first given in 1985.

Lyon carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.856, majoring in biomedical sciences. He was recognized as a Capital One Academic All-America First Team® honoree, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), in November. Marquette's co-captain led the team to its second BIG EAST Conference regular-season championship and first-ever BIG EAST tournament title in 2013 en route to being selected as the league's co-goalkeeper of the year. A two-time Academic All-District selection and three-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team member, Lyon has posted 10 shutouts in each of the last two seasons, both times matching the single-season school record. He is also Marquette's all-time career leader in goals against average (0.82) and save percentage (.823).

MU has won 29 matches since Lyon took over as the starting goalkeeper at the beginning of the 2012 campaign, including a 1-0 clean sheet against former national champion Akron in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship at Valley Fields this past fall.

Sisson is a management major who carries a 3.47 cumulative GPA. The two-time USTFCCCA Academic All-American is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the Division I Collegiate Athlete Honor Society, as well as Sigma Delti Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society. She was named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team the past two seasons and helped the Friars become the 2013 USTFCCCA Division I Scholar Team of the Year among 217 women's programs.

Sisson’s bevy of athletic achievements include multiple First and Second Team All-America certificates in cross country, indoor and outdoor track; helping the Friars to their second NCAA cross country title in program history this past fall by placing seventh overall; and has won four individual titles at the BIG EAST Track Championships to go along with her 2013 individual cross country crown. 

BIG EAST Scholar-Athletes of the Year were announced in conjunction with BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Marquette’s Katherine Plouffe was honored on the women’s side while Butler’s Alex Barlow garnered the men’s distinction.

BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athletes Of The Year

Year

Name, School, Sport

1985

Joey David, Pittsburgh, Basketball

1986

John Prior, Connecticut, Track & Field

1987

Harold Jensen, Villanova, Basketball

1988

Dave Echeverria, Villanova, Swimming & Diving

1989

Chris Craft, Villanova, Swimming & Diving

1990

Pat O’Kelly, Seton Hall, Soccer

1991

David Honor, St. John’s, Baseball

1992

Steve Holman, Georgetown, Track & Field

1993

Hector Zamora, Seton Hall, Soccer

1994

Sebastien Goulet, Swimming, Syracuse

1995

Kevin Lyles, Seton Hall, Track & Field

1996

Gil Kovalski, Miami, Tennis

1997

Christian Fogarazzo, St. John’s, Track & Field

1998

Errol Williams, Notre Dame, Track & Field

1999

Angelo Ciminiello, Providence, Baseball

2000

Scott VanEpps, Pittsburgh, Swimming & Diving

2001

Chris Hamblin, Boston College, Soccer

2002

Gregory Strohmann, Seton Hall, Soccer

2003

Casey Schmidt, Boston College, Soccer

2004

Chris Wingert, St. John’s, Soccer

2005

Guy Melamed, Boston College, Soccer

2006

Trevor O’Grady, Rutgers, Track & Field

2007

Drew Eckman, Villanova, Track & Field

2008

Jeremy Stultz, Pittsburgh, Swimming & Diving

2009

Zak Boggs, USF, Soccer

2010

Francisco Aristeguieta, USF, Soccer

2011

Brian Karalunas, Villanova, Lacrosse

2012

Eric Finan, Cincinnati, Cross Country/Track & Field

2013

Grant Van De Casteele, Notre Dame, Soccer

2014

Charles Lyon, Marquette, Soccer

 

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