Five Student-Athletes Earn BIG EAST Academic Award

A record five Cardinals were named to the award list.
A record five Cardinals were named to the award list.

June 23, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Five University of Louisville student-athletes earned BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence awards, conference officials announced on Thursday.

Earning the distinctions for the Cardinals were Michael Eaton (men's cross country), Nicole Youman (field hockey), Chris Philpott (football), Sara-Maude Juneau (women's golf) and Austen Childs (men's tennis).

The BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council.

A two-time track All-American in the 10,000m, Eaton was one of 29 male NCAA student-athletes to earn the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship awards in the fall. Double majoring in exercise science and sport administration, he garnered all-region honors in cross country all four years and achieved all-BIG EAST cross country status for three seasons.

Youman was named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I All-America second team. The 2010 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year dominated the conference in every offensive category. A four-year starter and two-year captain, she registered 17 goals and dished out 19 assists. The Black Mountain, Australia, native is a four-time NFHCA all-West Region and all-BIG EAST selection and owns the school career and single season assists marks.

A senior, Philpott finished the 2010 season second on the team in scoring with 83 points. He was 14-of-18 on field goal attempts and 41-of-43 in point after attempts. He ranked fourth in the BIG EAST in points per game among kickers with 6.4. In the Cardinals' Beef `O' Brady's Bowl win over Southern Miss, Philpott tallied seven points (one field goal, four PATs).

Juneau, a NGCA honorable mention All-American, was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year for the second-straight season. She led the team and the conference with a 73.2 scoring average and ranked No. 23 nationally in the final Golfstat rankings. Juneau highlighted her year with a first-place finish at the William K. Warren Irish Invitational and went on to place sixth at the BIG EAST Golf Championship with a three-round score of 228. She wrapped up her Louisville career by finishing 20th at the NCAA East Regional.

Childs is a three-time BIG EAST Player of the Year and a two-time All-American in singles. He also teamed with Viktor Maksimcuk this season to become Louisville's first All-America doubles team. Childs became the first Cardinal to reach the NCAA Singles Championship title match in 2010 and was the only four-time NCAA singles participant in school history. This season, he reached the NCAA Round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Championship and combined with Maksimcuk to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship. Childs owns the school record with 107 doubles wins.

The Cardinals had the most award winners among conference members with five, the most in school history. Notre Dame and Rutgers finished with the second most with three.