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Feb. 17, 2012

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's soccer team recently honored their graduating seniors and team's top performers during their end-of-the-year banquet.

The Golden Eagles, who earned their fourth consecutive National Soccer Coaches Association of America College Team Academic Award earlier this month, have eight awards voted on by members of the coaching and support staffs to culminate the close of the season.

Junior Caitlin Leumas (Mandeville, La.), an All-Conference USA third team performer and All-Academic first team member, was named the team's Most Valuable Player and also earned the Consistency Award, given to the player whose on-field performance has been the steadiest over the course of the season.

Freshman Mary Margaret Underwood (Homewood, Ala.) earned the Newcomer of the Year award while fellow freshman Casey Adkins earned the Hard Hat award, given to the player who was the most relentless in the air and in her tackles.

Junior Tricia Tillman (Madison, Miss.) also picked up a pair of awards including the Most Improved Player award, voted on by her teammates, and the Golden Eagle Power award, voted on by the strength and conditioning staff for her hard work in the weight room.

Senior Elisha Tarbell (Mandeville, La.), an All-Academic second team member, was given the Golden Eagle Excellence award. This award, voted on by the coaching staff, is given to the team member that displays excellence in the classroom, on the field and within the community.

Carmen Bofill (Ridgeland, Miss.) was also honored with the Abigail Lear Spirit award by the coaching staff. The sophomore earned the award, named in honor of Abigail Lear, through her constant display of passion for the game of soccer and her tremendous spirit and energy.

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