Mason Athletes Win Honors

Posted: November 15, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In the past week, honors have rolled in for several student-athletes and the Mason softball team.

Student-Athletes of the Month

Kelley Keelan
Kelley Keelan

A pair of George Mason sophomores had standout performances in October: Kelly Keelan (women’s soccer) and Robert Krause (cross country) were named Mason Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Month.

Keelan scored four goals, had one assist and was named CAA Player of the Week during an eight-game stretch. She finished the season with six goals and three assists, both team highs. The women’s soccer team made the CAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 and finished the season with an 8-10-1 record.

Robert Krause
Robert Krause
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Krause paced the Patriots with a season-best time of 24:49.40, earning All-CAA honors with a fifth-place finish at the CAA Championships on Oct. 26. Krause’s performance helped lead the Mason men’s cross country team to their best finish at the championship meet since the 1986 season, placing second in the team scoring. Krause has been Mason’s top finisher in every race he’s run this season.

All-CAA Players

In addition to Kelly Keelan, another player was critical to the women’s soccer team’s success this year — redshirt junior Jessica Paris. Both players were selected to the third-team All-CAA. For each player, it was their first such honor.

Top All-Academic Team

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced the Top All-Academic Teams, based on GPAs for the 2006-07 school year. Mason’s softball team was in the top 20 in the country for Division I, finishing tied for 18th with Iona College. The Patriots’ cumulative team GPA was 3.370. St. Bonaventure’s team finished first for the second consecutive year with a GPA of 3.622.

“Just like anything you do in life, it’s about choices,” says head coach Joe Verbanic. “These young ladies have made a choice, they were not going to settle for anything less than excellence in academics. I am so proud of them because they have made a choice of responsibility and achieved something excellent in doing so. It’s those kinds of decisions that change lives and shape futures. To be a part of a group of student-athletes that have chosen that path is what makes it all worthwhile. I want to thank them for letting me be a part of their success.”

Fourteen student-athletes on the 2006-07 Mason softball roster accumulated a 3.2 GPA or better and were honored on the VaSID Academic All-State team and earned the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Academic Award. Members of the team included Rebecca Anderson, Alison Bryan, Jillian Chen, Kristin Dickel, Lesley Hassen, Rachel Hastings, Paige Krystofinski, Kelsey Mack, Sarah Martin, Emily Miller, Paige Miller, Shaniqua Steele, Arielle Wienkofsky and Katlyn Winter.

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