Dec. 5, 2010

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M soccer senior Rachel Shipley was named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS All-Senior All-America first team, the organization announced Saturday.

Shipley was one of five selections to the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award first team for women's soccer.

The senior finance major from Plano, Texas, adds the award to a long list of academic and athletic accolades this season. She was named to the ESPN Academic All-District first team and Academic All-America third team, as well as the Academic All-Big 12 first team. Shipley garnered four Player of the Week honors in 2010 and was a TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season third team selection.

While maintaining a 3.68 GPA in the classroom, Shipley led the team on the field to the program's 11th Big 12 Championship and 16th NCAA Tournament appearance. She earned a team second-best 25 points on 10 goals and five assists and kicked the game winner vs. Oklahoma State (Oct. 24) to win the Big 12 Championship.

The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women's soccer coaches, national soccer media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I women's soccer. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.