Staropoli Named MAAC Student-Athlete Of The Week

Aug. 23, 2010

EDISON, N.J. - Loyola University Maryland senior midfielder Lina Staropoli was named MAAC Women's Student-Athlete of the Week, the league announced this morning.

Staropoli, a team co-captain on the women's soccer team, helped the Greyhounds defeat Towson, 3-2, on Saturday evening in the team's season opener.

She assisted on the first Loyola goal of the season, sending a cross to the right side from deep in the left corner, finding Kelly Farrell who scored.

An elementary education major, Staropoli holds a 3.81 grade point average and last week was named a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, honoring seniors around the nation who achieve high marks in the classroom, competition, community and character.

Staropoli has been a two-time MAAC All-Academic honoree and was named to the NSCAA Academic All-Region Team and the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II Second Team in 2009.

In addition to her academic honors, she was named to the All-MAAC First Team last year and was a member of the 2010 Preseason All-MAAC Team, as Loyola was chosen as the team-to-beat by the league's coaches.

The senior from Bridgewater, N.J., has been very involved in community service activities at Loyola, helping organize a Relay For Life event at the school, and she is also Vice President of Student Council for Exceptional Children, a campus organization that serves children with special needs. She has also volunteered for Special Olympics and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor society.