Feb. 9, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I.--The annual winners of a scholarship towards graduate studies from the BIG EAST Conference and American Eagle Outfitters were announced today and Villanova senior women's soccer player Katie Ryan (Wayne, N.J.) was named the school's female institutional winner.
The selections of the scholarship recipients are made by the BIG EAST Academic Affairs Committee and Ryan will receive a $2,000 scholarship to put towards her chosen graduate studies. One female student-athlete from each BIG EAST school is named the winner of an institutional scholarship and from that group one person is chosen as the BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Ryan is one of the top offensive performers in the history of the Wildcats program and following her senior season became only the third forward in school history to be a first team All-BIG EAST selection multiple times. She ended her standout career for Villanova ranked among the program's career leaders in every offensive category.
During the 2011 season Ryan scored 12 goals and was credited with five assists to finish the year with 29 points. She ranked in the top five in the BIG EAST in both points and goals and also finished the year with four game-winning tallies. She scored two goals in a game on two different occasions and her dozen goals for the season represent a single-season career high.
Ryan broke the all-time Wildcats record for career game-winning goals this past season when she scored her 15th game-winner in a 4-1 win over nationally-ranked West Virginia. Ryan broke the record in style, scoring two goals and registering two assists for a career-high six points in the 4-1 triumph.
In addition to holding the Villanova record for career game-winning goals Ryan also ranks second in school history in shots, third in goals and points (102) and is tied for seventh in assists. Her career totals include 40 goals, 22 assists, 102 points, 15 game-winning goals and 206 shots in 77 games played.
Ryan earned first team All-BIG EAST honors for the second straight year this season and was also a third team NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection. Off the field she is a three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star and has been named to both the Capital One Academic All-District squad and the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team.
Through the end of the Fall 2011 semester Ryan has a 3.405 cumulative grade-point average as a Psychology major in Villanova's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Another women's soccer player, Marquette goalkeeper Natalie Kulla, was named the 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Ryan and Kulla are the only soccer players among the 16 female institutional award winners announced by the conference.
The American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference and American Eagle Outfitters during the 2011-12 academic year. Thirty-two student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST's 16 member institutions) will be named as the winners of the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. The conference also names male and female American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year and an American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.