Friday, May 4, 2012

Zags soccer nets another Scholar Athlete honor

For the fourth time in five years, a Gonzaga Women’s Soccer player was recognized as the school’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year with Pullman, Wash. native Katie Spangenberg earning the honor Monday evening at the inaugural Gonzaga Evening of Excellence event.

The event, created to honor the Bulldog’s senior athletes and pay tribute to all of the school’s student-athlete’s recognized the Male and Female Athletes of the Year, Scholar Athletes of the Year, Leadership Award and winner of the P.R.I.D.E. competition.

In addition, the event included the induction of 18 student-athletes into the school’s chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society. Among the 18 inductions were Spangenberg, her teammates Casey Gould and Caitlyn Salo as well as the men’s soccer duo of Colin Flynn and Mitchell Weller.

Spangenberg graduated Magna Cum Laude in December. She earned an impressive 3.85 cumulative GPA, posting perfect 4.0 semesters twice, while majoring in business finance and minoring in sport management.  The native of Pullman, Wash., has already accepted a position and is on the job as an Accounting Financial Analyst with Epic in Madison, Wisc.

She played 67 games over her four-year career with the team after redshirting her freshman year. She recovered from a season-ending knee injury in the middle of her sophomore season to make 37 appearances the past two years.

Spangenberg is the third consecutive women’s soccer player to receive the honor, following Elle Sweeney (2011) and Taylor Hall (2010). Lauren Zuckerman received the award in 2008.