Big West Honors Nine Women's Soccer Student-Athletes

Feb. 19, 2014

DAVIS, Calif. – Nine members from UC Davis women’s soccer earned recognition for their efforts in the classroom when the Big West Conference recently released its Academic All-Conference team. Of the 59 women’s soccer student-athletes honored, the Aggies led all league schools with its total. 

“We are very proud of this group of young women and are thrilled that the conference chose to recognize their academic success. Being a student-athlete at UC Davis requires focus, dedication and strong time management skills. These young women are truly living their dreams both on and off the field,” said UC Davis head coach Twila Kaufman.

To be eligible for Big West All-Academic honors, student-athletes must hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, complete one full year at the member institution prior to the year for which the award is bestowed, and compete in at least 50 percent of their team's contests for that year.

For graduating senior Bridget Berman and junior Lexi Poppoff, this year’s announcement marks the second straight season where each received academic acclaim. 

Added Kaufman, “Consistency is a very important attribute to possess since it is human nature to grow weary in our pursuits at some point.

The diligent work ethic these student-athletes possess in the classroom, and on the pitch, is a by-product of doing things the right way each and every day.”

Berman is on track to receive a degree in political science, Poppoff is a human development major. 

Hannah Hicks, another senior who is mere months away from earning her degree in communication, is one of seven student-athletes who were recognized by the conference for the first time as an Aggie.

Including Berman, Hicks and Poppoff, Emily Irion, also majoring in communication, comprise UC Davis’ group of upperclassmen honorees.

As was the case with its overall total, UC Davis sports more sophomore selections than any of the other eight league members; its five-member class is nearly twice as large as Cal Poly–a school that possesses the Big West’s second-largest list of underclassmen.

Charlotte Ellberg (neurobiology, physiology & behavior), Sienna Drizin (undeclared/exploratory program), Lindsey O’Tousa (psychology), Mari Pastor (undeclared-social sciences) and Ana Marija Sola (undeclared-life sciences) each met the three requirements in their initial year of eligibility.

“Developing women of character is really important to this program. These women have done the hard work in the classroom, in the weight room and on the field. This the culture of UC Davis Women’s Soccer: To treat others how we want to be treated, to do the best we can and to do the right things.”

In all, 191 student-athletes from the Big West's nine member institutions were represented in this year’s fall All-Academic team.


UC Davis Women’s Soccer Fall Academic All-Conference Members

Bridget Berman (Sr., Political Science, Westlake Village, Calif.)
Hannah Hicks (Sr., Communication, Valencia, Calif.)
Emily Irion (Sr., Communication, Pleasant Hill, Calif.)
Lexi Poppoff (Jr., Human Development, Tracy, Calif.)
Sienna Drizin (So., Undeclared, Las Vegas, Calif.)
Charlotte Ellberg (So., Exercise Biology, Ventura, Calif.)
Lindsey O'Tousa (So., Psychology, Moorpark, Calif.)
Mari Pastor (So., Undeclared, Albany, Calif.)
Ana Marija Sola (So., Undeclared, Saratoga, Calif.)