WWU's Maris awarded for academic excellence


Western Washington University women's soccer forward Kristin Maris has been named a second-team 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II/Scholar All-American in an announcement Wednesday, Dec. 18.

A behavioral neuroscience major and chemistry minor, Maris maintains a 3.81 (4.0 scale) grade point average. Earlier, she was named a second-team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American, a first-team College Division District 8 Academic all-star and for the third straight year a Great Northwest Athletic Conference academic all-star.

Maris, a second-team NSCAA All-American and an honorable mention Daktronics All-American, finished the season with 11 goals, three of them game winners, and eight assists. She finished tied for eighth among WWU career leaders in goals with 28 and tied for sixth in assists with 19.

Maris also received NSCAA and Daktronics West Region all-star recognition, both for the second straight season. She was named the 2013 GNAC Player of the Year, being the league's only unanimous choice on the first team.

The 2013 Vikings enjoyed the best season in program history, finishing 20-2-1 with the win total being a school record. They reached the NCAA II Final Four after winning a quarterfinal contest and West Regional and GNAC regular-season championships.

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