June 10, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Navy women’s soccer Elizabeth Hoerner (Sr., Lititz, Pa.) was announced as a recipient of a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for the fall season. Hoerner and American women’s basketball Alexis Dobbs are the lone recipients from Patriot League programs for the 2013-14 season.
The NCAA annually awards post-graduate scholarships of $7,500 to 29 men and 29 women during each of the three sports seasons (174 in all for the year). The one-time grants are presented to student-athletes who are in the final year of their athletic eligibility and have excelled academically and athletically in their intercollegiate careers. Recipients can come from any of the three NCAA divisions.
“I feel incredibly honored to receive this scholarship,” Hoerner said about the honor of the scholarship. “First of all, there is no way I would be where I am today without the support and encouragement of my professors and coaches the past 4 years. From my plebe chemistry professor to the entire Oceanography department faculty, I have been fortunate to have some of the best teachers in the country challenge me in the classroom. While I am excited to use this scholarship towards graduate education eventually, I am looking forward to first leading sailors and serving aboard a submarine in the next few years.”
Hoerner put together a sensational senior season in 2013, leading the Midshipmen to a 16-win season and the program’s third-straight Patriot League Championship game.
As Navy’s captain, Hoerner tallied the conference’s second lowest goals-against average mark of 0.53, while posting nine solo shutouts (including eight in Patriot League play) and a career-best .853 save percentage on her way to earning her second-straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year honor in 2013.
Hoerner has been selected as the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her sport in back-to-back seasons. The honors oceanography has posted a 3.86 grade-point average in her four years at Navy.