Stanford's Maddie Bauer was named the Pac-12 Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2016 season, the Conference office announced Wednesday.
The award, which is presented in each of the 23 sports the Pac-12 sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
The senior from Newport Beach has been outstanding in the classroom, boasting a 3.56 GPA as an international relations major.
She was on the 2013 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, is a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic recipient, 2015 NSCAA Scholar All-America third team, four-time All-Pac-12 (2013-15 2nd team, 2016 1st team), three-time NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team (2013, 2015, 2016), 2016 MAC Hermann semifinalist, and a 2016 Senior Class Award Top-30 finalist.
On the field, Bauer has been a starting defender for almost all of her career with the Cardinal, starting 88 of a possible 91 games, missing just three games.
Bauer played every minute of every game this season with the exception of the final 21 minutes of Stanford’s 4-1 victory over Minnesota, the second-most minutes of any player on the team.
She also scored her first collegiate goal, a game-winner in a 3-2 double-overtime victory at then-No. 10 UCLA. In her career, Bauer has totaled 8,107 career minutes of playing time, the most of any senior on the team this season.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.
Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12’s 23 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, beach volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling.
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Stanford players earned five National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Pacific Region honors, as announced by the organization.
Maddie Bauer, Jane Campbell and Andi Sullivan were named to the first team, while Jordan DiBiasi earned second-team recognition and Kyra Carusa picked up third-team honors.
The Cardinal's three first-team selections and five all-region honors overall are the most of any team in the Pacific region. It is the second consecutive season five Cardinal players have been recognized and the eighth time in the past nine years at least three players have been named to the first team.