From the honors stacking up on Baylor soccer star Dana Larsen’s mantel, the senior forward epitomizes BU athletics’ goal of winning with integrity.
On the field, Larsen helped propel the Bears to the best season in program history in 2012, leading the team with 11 goals, nine assists and 31 points. Her performance earned her a spot on the All-America third team from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), just the third All-American in Baylor soccer history (and the first since 1998).
If it’s possible, she was even better in the classroom, maintaining a 4.0 GPA while majoring in biochemistry. Coupled with her work on the field, Larsen’s resume netted her the title of Academic All-American of the Year for NCAA Division I women’s soccer. The Mequon, Wis., native is only the second Baylor student-athlete ever to be so honored in his/her sport, joining baseball’s Charley Carter (1998).
Larsen was also named Big 12 Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the league’s coaches, joining Baylor quarterback Nick Florence (who won the award for football) in giving Baylor two of the three Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards handed out so far this year.
Sic ’em, Dana!