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2012 FINAL RECORD: 10-8-1





Night Hawks Student Athletes Soar in Classroom

July 12, 2013

The Thomas University student athletes soared in the classroom during the 2012-13 academic year.

A total of 18 Night Hawks were named to the Presidents List for the spring 2013 semester. Men’s soccer led the way with seven student athletes receiving perfect 4.0’s. Thirty three student athletes were also named to the Dean’s List which honors students with a 3.5 GPA or above for the semester. Men’s soccer also led the way on the Dean’s List with 9 nine student athletes represented.

Five Night Hawk athletic teams were honored by the NAIA for their academic success during the 2012-13 academic year. Men’s Swimming (3.59), Men’s Soccer (3.36), Women’s Golf (3.36), Men’s Golf (3.17), and Women’s Soccer (3.12)   were named NAIA Scholar Teams finishing the year with a 3.0 or higher cumulative team grade point average. It is the second consecutive year that Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer and Women’s Golf receive the distinction.


Julie Orlowski Named Thomas University Head Women's Soccer Coach

February 21, 2013

Thomas University has named Julie Orlowski the Night Hawks fourth Head Women’s Soccer Coach in school history, director of athletics Mike Lee announced on Thursday afternoon.

Orlowski joins TU after spending the last twelve seasons at the helm of the NCAA D1 Stetson University women’s soccer program. During her time as a Hatter, she recorded 126 wins and her teams reached the Atlantic Sun Tournament each year from 2003-10 and advanced to the A-Sun title match in 2006. She coached 28 all-conference performers, including 11 first team selections. In her twelve seasons she also helped tutor the league’s Defensive (twice), Offensive (twice) and Freshman (twice) Player of the Year.

Her teams at Stetson also excelled in the classroom, earning four NSCAA All-Academic selections, six CoSIDA Academic All-Region selections as well as public recognition from the NCAA for the program’s outstanding Academic Performance Rate. Coach Orlowski has also been heavily involved in the administrative side of the NCAA after serving on the  NCAA National Committee from 2009-2013 and the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee from 2006-2013.

“We are excited to add Julie to our athletic department”, said Lee. “The future of our women’s soccer program is bright today. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge, on & off the field, and gives our department a seventh staff member with NCAA D1 experience.”

Prior to Stetson, Orlowski coached at the University of South Florida (assistant coach), Boise State University, University of North Florida and fellow Sun Conference foe St. Thomas University. Orlowski holds a United States Soccer Federation "B" License. She is a state coach for the Florida Youth Soccer Association and has served as an Olympic Development Program instructor.

Orlowski received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication from Florida International University, where she was a four year starter and team captain, and earned a Master of Science in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University in 1995.


Head Women's Soccer Coach Chris Davidovicz Resigns

January 23, 2013

Thomas University head women's soccer coach Chris Davidovicz resigned his post this morning to accept the same position at the University of West Georgia.

"We thank Chris for the two and a half years of hard work that he dedicated to the athletic department", said Athletic Director Mike Lee. "A national search is already in place for our next head coach. We are confident that we can attract many qualified candidates capable of leading this program to the top of the Sun Conference."

Davidovicz leaves TU with a record of 20-15-2 and two post season appearances in two seasons at the helm. He was promoted to Head Coach in January 2011 after serving the 2010 season as Assistant Head Coach for Men's and Women's Soccer.


Three Lady Night Hawks Named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes

December 7, 2012

Three Lady Night Hawks were named to the 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete list. Senior Reem Moussa was honored by the NAIA for the second time after being selected in 2011. Juniors Carina Spengler and Hjalmdis Vilhjalmsdottir both received their first nod.

A total of 492 women's soccer players across the country were recognized and the three Lady Night Hawks were a part of 26 Sun Conference women's soccer student athletes to be named. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.

For complete list click HERE.


Lady Night Hawks Receive TSC Post Season Honors

November 10, 2012

The Lady Night Hawks soccer team received several Sun Conference post season honors on Friday afternoon.

Junior defender Hannah Claesson, junior midfielder Carina Spengler and sophomore forward Jodi Wright were all named to the All TSC Honorable Mention List. Claesson (3 goals, 4 assists, 10 points) and Spengler (3 goals, 5 assists, 11 points) are repeat all conference selections after receiving First Team nods in 2010 and 2011 when TU was a member of the Association of Independent Institutions. Wright finished the 2012 season tied for the team lead in Points (27), first in assists (7) and second in goals (10). The native of Mims, FL also finished in the TSC Top 10 in all three categories. Junior Kasey Cooper, sophomore Kayla Labbe, junior Lyndsay Moore, senior Reem Moussa, sophomore Breena Pullara, Spengler and junior Hjalmdis Vilhjalmsdottir were all named to the Academic All Conference Team. The selection of seven Lady Night Hawks was the second highest amongst TSC women's soccer teams.

2012 TSC All Conference Teams


Women's Soccer Falls in TSC Quarter Final

November 1, 2012

Women's Soccer (10-8-1) fell 2-1 to SCAD- Savannah (11-5-1) in a The Sun Conference Quarter Final match on Thursday evening in Savannah, GA.

SCAD ended TU's 2012 season in a fiercely battled contest. The Bees took the lead at the 33:33 mark of the game. TU battled in search of the game tying goal but were unable to equalize, SCAD took a two goal advantage in the 59th minute. Sophomore forward Jodi Wright made it a one goal game, scoring an unassisted goal with 12:25 left in the game. Thomas pressured the rest of the way but the clock ran out in the game and on the 2012 campaign.

The Lady Night Hawks finish the season with their second consecutive ten win season and fourth straight season with eight wins or more. Thomas will only graduate four seniors and will enter the 2013 season with optimism towards continued strides within the TSC.


TU's Hewett Named TSC Offensive Player of the Week

October 29, 2012

For the second time this season, a TU women's soccer player was honored by The Sun Conference as junior forward Emma Hewett was named TSC Offensive Player of the Week for the week of October 22-28.

Hewett (Newcastle, England) was recognized for her contributions in two wins for the Lady Night Hawks, including a win over Warner University that clinched a berth in the TSC Conference Tournament. On Friday Hewett had one goal and two assists in TU's 4-2 win over Georgia Gwinnett College and on Sunday Hewett struck twice and added an assist in the 3-0 shutout of Warner.

Thomas, seeded #6, will travel to Savannah, GA to face #3 SCAD-Savannah on Thursday November 1 at 6PM in the Quarter Final Round of the TSC Conference Tournament.


Lady Night Hawks Clinch Berth in TSC Tournament

October 28, 2012

The Lady Night Hawks (10-7-1, 4-5) clinched a berth in The Sun Conference Tournament with a 3-0 TSC win over Warner University (3-12, 2-7) this afternoon in Lake Wales, FL.

Junior defender Hannah Claesson gave TU the lead just 5:25 into the game on an assist by junior forward Emma Hewett and the Lady Night Hawks never looked back. Hewett made it a two goal game thirteen minutes later on an assist by sophomore forward Jodi Wright. Up by two, Hewett it scored her second of the day in the 80th minute to wrap up the scoring. TU dominated from start to finish, outshooting Warner 18-2.

Thomas secured the #6 seed in the quarter final round of the TSC Tourney and will travel to Savannah, GA to face #3 seeded SCAD-Savannah on Thursday at 7PM. TU will be making it's third straight post season appearance, first in the TSC, after falling last year in the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament Championship Game.


Women's Soccer Knocks off Georgia Gwinnett College

October 26, 2012

Women's Soccer (9-7-1) knocked off Georgia Gwinett College (9-6-1), 4-2, in a non conference match up on Friday evening at Remington Park.

Junior midfielder Carina Spengler opened the scoring for the Night Hawks 5:10 into the game on an assist by junior forward Emma Hewett. TU made it 2-0 when Hewett chipped the GGC after a long thu ball by junior defender Hannah Claesson. Georgia Gwinnett made it a one goal game at the 32:34 mark. Two minutes into the second half senior Myra Jenkins made it a two goal game once again after knocking home an assist by sophomore forward Jodi Wright. The Grizzlies of GGC struck back five minutes later but Thomas put the game away in the 61st minute of the game when Hewett penetrated a thru ball behind the GGC backline that was finished on one touch by senior midfielder Reem Moussa.

TU will wrap up the regular season with a TSC match against Warner University on Sunday at 3PM in Lake Wales, FL. The game was originally scheduled for October 5th but was postponed due to rain. The Lady Night Hawks will be seeking a victory to secure a #6 seed in the Conference Tournament.


SCAD Defeats Thomas Women's Soccer on Senior Day

October 21, 2012

In The Sun Conference action, SCAD - Savannah (10-5-1, 6-2-1) defeated Thomas Women's Soccer (8-7-1, 3-5) 3-1 on Senior Day at the TU Soccer Complex.

SCAD opened the scoring just three minutes into the game and held the 1-0 advantage for fifteen minutes. At the 19:43 mark of the game, senior midfielder Alex Mangnas received a pass from sophomore forward Jodi Wright inside the 18 yard box and deposited the ball with one touch to the lower right corner of the goal. The score remained even till midway thru the second half when SCAD took the lead. SCAD tacked in an insurance goal with three minutes to secure the victory.

The game marked the second to last home game for the four Lady Night Hawk seniors. Mangnas (Stockholm, Sweden), Megan Jacobson (Spring Hill, FL), Myra Jenkins (Venice, FL), and Reem Moussa (Abu-Sinan Village, Israel) were all honored prior to kick off. During the celebration players received framed pictures and flowers from the coaching after being escorted to midfield by family and friends.

With the loss, TU drops to 3-5 in conference action. The Lady Night Hawks will wrap up their regular season home schedule on Friday at 1PM in a non conference match up against Georgia Gwinnett College, in the final home game for the four seniors. TU will return to TSC action on Sunday October 28 at 1PM, when they travel to Lake Wales, FL to face Warner University in a rescheduled game from a rain out earlier in the month.


Lady Night Hawks Snap Losing Streak

October 19, 2012

The Lady Night Hawks (8-6-1, 3-4) snapped a four game losing streak with a 7-0 Sun Conference victory over the University of South Carolina - Beaufort (9-8, 4-4) on Friday afternoon at the TU Soccer Complex.

Sophomore forward Jodi Wright got the Lady Night Hawks on the board just 1:09 into the game when she found the back of the net with a strike from outside the box. Wright would make it a two goal game ten minutes later when broke past the USCB backline and beat the Sand Sharks goalkeeper 1v1. The game stayed 2-0 into the second half when junior midfielder Carina Spengler connected a header into the back of the net on a corner kick off an assist by junior defender Hannah Claesson. Wright wrapped up her hat trick with a goal in the 58th minute on an assist by Spengler. Senior Reem Moussa, junior Emma Hewett, and sophomore Jasmin Reese each tacked on goals. Senior Myra Jenkins and sophomore Jenny Hernandez each contributed two assists. Junior Deanna Rivet posted the shutout in the net. The shutout was the fourth of the season for TU.

Thomas will look for their second win in a row and to even their conference mark on Sunday at 1PM when they welcome SCAD - Savannah for Senior Day. The Lady Night Hawks will honor the careers of their four seniors; Megan Jacobson, Jenkins, Alex Mangnas and Moussa in a pre game ceremony.


NCAA D2 #5 Armstrong Atlantic Too Much for TU

October 15, 2012

The NCAA D2 #5 Armstrong Atlantic State University Pirates (11-1-1) proved to be too much for TU Women's Soccer (7-6-1) in a 5-0 defeat of the Lady Night Hawks on Monday afternoon in Savannah, GA.

AASU opened the scoring just 7 minutes into the game but TU woke up and held the deficit at one into the break. In the second half Armstrong Atlantic broke it open with three goals in the first six minutes of the half and never looked back. The Pirates tacked on their fifth goal in the 70th minute and outshot the Lady Night Hawks 24-5 in the game. The game was the first ever match up between the two schools and featured a match up against former TU Women's Soccer Coach Eric Faulconer. "It was nice to have the opportunity to play against the university where I started my coaching career," Faulconer said. "I have a lot of fond memories from my time at Thomas and it's good to see coach Davidovicz has the program heading in the right direction."

TU will return to Sun Conference action on Friday when they welcome University of South Carolina - Beaufort to the Thomas University Soccer Complex for a 4PM kickoff.


Second Half Goals Lift NAIA #7 Embry Riddle Over Women's Soccer

October 10, 2012

Two second half goals helped to lift NAIA #7 Embry Riddle University (11-4, 6-1) to a 2-0 win over Thomas women's soccer (7-5-1, 2-4) in a Wednesday evening Sun Conference match played at Remington Park.

An entertaining first half of action saw the teams exchange a total of seven corner kicks and 16 shots but neither team was able to find the back of the net. Embry Riddle took the lead fifteen minutes into the second half when they knocked in a header off a dangerous corner kick service. ERU gained control of the game at that point and made it a two goal game ten minutes later when a goalkeeping error by TU allowed the ball to trickle into the net. Down by two, the Lady Night Hawks could have backed down from the challenge for the game's final twenty minutes. Instead, Thomas stepped up and battled head to head with one of the top teams in the TSC forcing Riddle to buckle down with their team defense. Late in the game TU put the ERU keeper to the test, with dangerous strikes from outside the box that led to two great saves by Riddle net minder.

The Lady Night Hawks find themselves in the midst of a three game losing streak and will look to snap their skid on Monday October 15th when they travel to Savannah, GA to face NCAA D2 #5 Armstrong Atlantic State University. Kick off is set for 4PM.


Webber Knocks off TU in TSC Match

October 7, 2012

Webber International University (6-3, 4-2) knocked off TU (7-4-1, 2-3), 1-0 in a Sun Conference match on Sunday afternoon in Lake Wales, FL.

After a scoreless half, WIU found the back of the net midway thru the second half with the eventual game winning goal.

With the loss, the Lady Night Hawks drop to fourth in the TSC Northern Division. TU will look to bounce back on Wednesday at 7PM when they welcome division leader NAIA #8 Embry Riddle University. The match will be played at Remington Park.


Game Postponed

October 5, 2012

The Women's Soccer game against Warner University on Friday was postponed due to heavy rain in the Lake Wales, FL area.

A reschedule date has not been announced. TU will continue their road trip on Sunday when they face Webber International University at 1PM in Babson Park, FL.


Bobcats Bite Lady Night Hawks

September 30, 2012

The St. Thomas University Bobcats (4-3, 1-1) took a bite out of the Lady Night Hawks (7-3-1, 2-2), with a 3-1 Sun Conference win on Sunday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.

TU opened up the scoring with a goal by freshman Jessica Straquadine at the 39:25 mark of the first half. STU would respond less than four minutes later, sending the teams into the half with the game tied at one. The Bobcats jumped ahead, scoring a goal just 3:20 into the second half and would go on to dominate large portions of the second half compiling 16 shots (six on goal). St. Thomas put the game away, scoring off a corner kick with 22 seconds left in regulation, for the two goal advantage.

Thomas will look to rebound on Friday October 5th when they travel to Lakes Wales, FL to face Warner University in a pivotal TSC match. Kickoff is set for 7PM.


Women's Soccer Routs Florida Memorial

September 28, 2012

Women's Soccer (7-2-1, 2-1) routed Florida Memorial University (0-8, 0-1), 12-1, in a Friday afternoon Sun Conference match at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.

Sophomore forward Kayla Labbe opened the scoring just 3:23 into the game and added another five minutes later for a two goal advantage. Labbe added a third in the 78th minute for her first career hat trick. Senior midfielder Myra Jenkins scored two while sophomore forward Jodi Wright scored one and had two assists. The Lady Night Hawks have now scored 49 goals this season.

TU improves to 2-1 in the TSC and will look to stay one game behind in the TSC Northern Division when they welcome St. Thomas University to the Wendy's Soccer Complex for a 1PM kickoff on Sunday afternoon.


NAIA #22 Northwood Drops Thomas

September 23, 2012

NAIA #22 Northwood University (6-3, 2-0) dropped Thomas Women's Soccer (6-2-1, 1-1), 4-0, in a Sunday afternoon Sun Conference Match in West Palm Beach, FL.

NU opened the scoring with a goal in the 33rd minute of the first half. Down by one at the half, TU pushed to tie the game but Northwood responded with two goals in the first ten minutes of the second half. Northwood tacked on the fourth goal with 1:21 remaining in the game. The Seahawks outshot TU 22-13 and managed to hand TU their first shutout of the season.

With the loss Thomas drops to 1-1 in TSC play. TU will be back in action on Friday September 28 at 2PM when they welcome Florida Memorial College for their TSC home opener.


Lady Night Hawks Top JWU For First TSC Victory

September 21, 2012

The Lady Night Hawks (6-1-1, 1-0) topped the host Johnson and Wales University Wildcats (2-2, 0-1), 1-0, on Friday afternoon in North Miami, FL for their first Sun Conference victory.

Thomas continues their TSC opening weekend on Sunday at 3PM when they face #22 Northwood University in West Palm Beach, FL.


TU Women's Soccer and West Georgia Draw 2-2

September 16, 2012

TU Women's Soccer (5-1-1) and NCAA D2 University of West Georgia (2-3-1) played to a 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon in Carrollton, GA.

Sophomore forward Jenny Hernandez gave TU the lead in the 23rd minute of the first half when she knocked home an unassisted goal. At the 35:42 mark of the half UWG tied the game on a shot from the top of the 18 yard box. Less than five minutes late freshman midfielder Mackenzie Dolan gave the lead back to the Lady Night Hawks with an unassisted goal of her own. The teams combined for 14 shots in a back and forth opening 45 minutes. West Goergia tied the game only 3:59 into the second half and outshot the Lady Night Hawks 6-2 in the game's final half. TU and UWG battled the remainder of the second and twenty minutes of overtime without either being able to break through with the game winner.

Thomas will now shift their focus to the opening of play in the Sun Conference. TU will travel to North Miami Beach, FL to face Johnson & Wales University on Friday September 21 at 4PM in the programs first ever conference match up.


NAIA #14 AUM Hands Lady Night Hawks First Loss of the Season

September 13, 2012

NAIA #14 Auburn University - Montgomery (4-0), handed the Lady Night Hawks (5-1) their first loss of the season on Thursday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.

AUM took a 1-0 advantage in the 15th minute of the game but TU was able to equalize ten minutes later when junior midfielder Emma Hewett penetrated a beautiful ball between two AUM defenders and found sophomore forward Jenny Hernandez racing towards the goal. Hernandez than delicately tapped the ball past a closing War Hawks keeper for the 1-1 equalizer. The teams took the draw into the break and exchanged opportunities in the first 30 minutes of the second half until Auburn - Montgomery broke through in the game's 75th minute for a one goal advantage. With ten minutes to play sophomore forward Alyssa Tresch nearly tied the game when she broke through the AUM defense and fired a shot that barely missed the far side net. The War Hawks sealed the 3-1 victory with a goal in the 88th minute of the game.

TU will look to bounce back on Sunday September 16, when they travel to Carrollton, GA to face NCAA D2 University of West Georgia in a 1PM kickoff.


Women's Soccer Extends Win Streak to Five

September 9, 2012

Women's Soccer (5-0) extended it's season opening winning streak to five with a 1-0 victory over NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern University (1-3) on Sunday afternoon in Americus, GA.

The teams took a scoreless draw into halftime with TU having held a 6-3 shot advantage during the first 45 minutes of play. The Lady Night Hawks stormed into the second half and knocked home the eventual game winner just 4:40 into the play when sophomore forward Jodi Wright found the back of the net off an assist by TSC Player of the Week, sophomore forward Jenny Hernandez. Wright is now second on the team in goals scored, behind Hernandez, with four. GSW applied late pressure but the TU defense did not bend, recording it's second shutout of the season. Junior goalkeeper Deanna Rivet picked up her second victory of the week and registered 170 minutes of shutout ball along the way after entering mondays game as a substitute in the ninth minute of play.

After five games on the road to open their 2012 campaign, TU will face NAIA #14 Auburn University - Montgomery on Thursday at 5PM in it's home opener.


Hernandez Named TSC Offensive Player of the Week

September 4, 2012

Sophomore forward Jenny Hernandez was named The Sun Conference Offensive Player of the Week by the Conference office for the week of August 27- September 2.

Hernandez scored three goals in TU's only match of the week this past Saturday against Judson College (AL.). The native of Miami, FL leads the Lady Night Hawks with eight goals after adding a goal in yesterday's match against Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. This marks the first time a TU athlete is recognized by The Sun Conference with TU Athletics having just begun their membership. It is also the first time since 2004 that a Lady Night Hawk is recognized as a Player of the Week.

Women's soccer is 4-0 and will look to stay unbeaten on Sunday September 9 at 1PM when they travel to Americus, GA to face NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University.


Three 2nd Half Goals Keeps Lady Night Hawks Undefeated

September 3, 2012

Three second half goals kept the Lady Night Hawks (4-0) undefeated, topping Spring Hill College (3-2) 3-1 on Monday afternoon in Mobile, AL.

SHC took a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game forcing TU to play catch up for the first time in 2012. Thomas responded by tying the game five minutes into the second with a goal by sophomore forward Jenny Hernandez. Seven minutes later TU took the lead with a goal by sophomore forward Jodi Wright. The sophomore tandem have combined for eleven goals this season. Junior forward Emma Hewett iced the game with a goal in the 77th minute to secure the victory. TU continued it's splendid defensive work this season limiting SHC to only three shots on goal and have only allowed three goals in four games.

Thomas will look for win #5 on Sunday September 9 when they travel to Americus, GA to face NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University.


Women's Soccer Stays Unbeaten

September 1, 2012

Women's Soccer (3-0) stayed unbeaten with a 10-1 rout of Judson College (0-3) on Saturday afternoon in Mobile, AL.

Sophomore forward Jenny Hernandez scored three goals in the first six minutes of the game and the Night Hawks led by five at half time. Hernandez now leads the team with seven goals in the first three games of the season, TU has outscored their opponents 27-2 and are to their best start since 2004. Junior forward Hannah Claesson and freshman midfielder Mackenzie Dolan each tacked on two goals. The Lady Night Hawks limited Judson to only 3 shots on the day.

TU continues their road swing on Monday when they face Spring Hill College at 1PM EST.


Lady Night Hawks Roll Again

August 25, 2012

The Lady Night Hawks (2-0) rolled to victory once again, with a dominant 6-1 win over Faulkner University (0-1) on Saturday afternoon in Montgomery, AL.

Thomas scored four goals in the first half and never looked back. Sophomore forward Jenny Hernandez scored two goals and junior Carina Spengler contributed three assist.

TU has now scored 17 goals in their first two games and only allowed 1 in 180 minutes. Thomas will look to stay unbeaten next Saturday September 1st when they travel to Mobile, AL to face Judson College (AL) for a 4:30PM (EST) kickoff.


Lady Night Hawks Soar In Season Opener

August 22, 2012

The Lady Night Hawks (1-0) soared to a 11-0 season opening victory over Brewton Parker College (0-1) on Wednesday afternoon in Mt. Vernon, GA.

Thomas will look to open the season with two straight wins on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Montgomery, AL to face Faulkner University. Kick off is set for 3:30PM EST.


TU Women's Soccer Set to Open 2012 Season

August 21, 2012

TU Women's Soccer is set to open their 2012 season tomorrow afternoon at 3PM against Brewton Parker College in Mt. Vernon, GA.

The Lady Night Hawks head into the 2012 season looking for their third straight post season appearance after falling 1-0 in the A.I.I. Championship game last November. To reach the post season, TU will have to do so by going down a different road as they begin competition in The Sun Conference. TU was welcomed as a member of TSC last July as a provisionary member and now begins for the first time in school history Conference play in all sports for the 2012-13 school year.

Head Coach Chris Davidoviczenters his second year at the helm and returns a team full of experience. Eighteen Letter Winners return from the 2011 squad, including 9 starters. A pair of 2011 First Team All A.I.I. Selections will be counted on to once again lead the Lady Night Hawks, as forward Hannah Claesson (Katrineholm, Sweden) and midfielder Carina Spengler (Boeblingen, Germany) return for their junior years in the green and white. Sophomore defender Lyndsey Moore was slowed by injury in the second half of last season but she has made a full recovery and is expected to anchor the TU defense. A small but quality recruiting class balanced out the large contingent of returning players, with only seven new faces on the roster. Junior defender Emily Ingram (Cartersville, GA) and sophomore defender Maranda Sylva (Las Vegas, NV)will be expected to contribute right away and bring with them experience from the junior college level.

Thomas faces a tough schedule in 2012 that includes nine non conference games, featuring a match up at pre season NCAA D2 #3 Armstrong Atlantic state University and a visit to Thomasville by NAIA powerhouse Auburn University - Montgomery. Eight conference matches await TU, in October the Lady Night Hawks will get their shot at dethroning defending TSC Champions and NAIA pre season #4 Embry Riddle University in Thomasville. TU opens TSC play on September 21 in North Miami Beach, FL when they visit Johnson and Wales University in their first ever TSC match.


Five TU Athletic Programs Recognized by NAIA for Academic Achievements

July 27, 2012

Five TU Athletic Programs were recognized yesterday by the NAIA for their academic achievement throughout the 2011-12 school year, being named to the NAIA Scholar Teams list.

Women's Golf (3.13), Men's Golf (3.10), Women's Soccer (3.09). Men's Soccer (3.14) and Softball (3.10) were the five Night Hawks sports teams that named to the prestigious list that included 741 programs from across the country. Thomas University was one of five schools in The Sun Conference, TU's new athletic conference, with representatives on the list.

"We are very proud of the academic achievements of our athletic teams", said TUAthletic Director Mike Lee. "Congratulations to our coaching staffs for their continued efforts to set a high academic standard within their programs. Each and every year we have been able to improve the resources available to our Student Athletes and it has been showing. Academic achievements such as these can not be met without the support of our Faculty and Staff that play such a tremendous role with our kids. We expect our programs to be successful both on and off the field and this year we have definitely shown that ability."

To go along with the work in the classroom, this year TUsaw all six of it's athletic programs compete in post season play and three finished as Runner Up in their respective conference tournaments along with two golfers finishing in the top five as individuals at their respective tournaments. The Night Hawks also had a presence nationally with softball making it's fifth appearance at the National Tournament and women's golfer Jessica Macphee receiving an At Large selection to the Womens Golf National Tournament.

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade-point average includes all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible.

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