June 19, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer players Markie-Lynn Studnicky and Laura Greb were today named to the 2012-13 University Division All-State Women's Soccer team by the North Carolina Intercollegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA). Studnikcy and Greb were both named to the second team.
Studnicky, a rising sophomore forward from Apex, N.C., became the first Western Carolina women's soccer player in school history to not only be named to the Southern Conference All-Freshmen team but also first team all-SoCon. She paced the Catamounts with nine goals ranking her third in the SoCon, in 2012 for goals in a season. It was the most goals scored by a Catamount since Heather Dittmer had seven in 2005. Studnicky also led the team in total points (20) and scored two game-winning goals.
Greb, a senior midfielder in the 2012 season from Robbinsville, N.J., finished tied for second on the team in goals scored with three and also had four assists. She recorded 10 points and had two game-winning goals. Greb graduated in May with a degree in Health and Physical Education. Greb ended her career with 10 goals, 10 assists and had four game-winning goals.
Studnicky and Greb are the second and third Catamount women's soccer players to earn NCCSI all-state honors since the awards inception in 2004. Senior Samantha Hodge earned all-state honors, becoming the first Western Carolina women's soccer player to be recognized by the NCCSIA, in 2011.
Twenty-two players representing 11 different North Carolina universities were named to the 2012-13 NCCSIA University Division All-State Teams. UNCG's Cat Barnekow represented the SoCon on the first team with Studnicky and Greb joined by Elon's Shannon Foley, UNCG's Karin Sendel and Appalachian State's Julia Holz on the second team from league schools.
Nominees for the annual all-state awards were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals with NCCSIA members voting on the 22-member team, naming four squads between men and women in both the college and University (NCAA Division I) levels.