WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Corina Gabbert, one of the few soccer players to score more than a 100 points at Whitman College, has capped a superb four-year career with Academic All-American honors.

     Corina Gabbert

Gabbert, a history major and two-time team captain, was voted to the Academic All-American Second Team in the College Division, which includes all NCAA Division II and Division III schools, as well as all NAIA and two-year colleges, in the U.S. and British Columbia.

ESPN The Magazine sponsors the Academic All-American program, which the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has administered since it was founded in 1952. 

After recovering from an early season injury, Gabbert terroized opponents this fall en route to the most prolific Whitman soccer scoring season in two decades.

At 5-feet-8, Gabbert combined good size and speed with stellar soccer skills and creativity to bunch 19 goals and six assists into just 17 games. She booted a hat trick (three goals in one game) against three different Northwest Conference opponents, and she was named NWC Student-Athlete of the Week in four of the season's final six weeks.

Gabbert, who was voted to the All-NWC First Team for a third straight season, collected 14 goals and four assists in 14 conference games. That made her the NWC's leading scorer in head-to-head competition.

As Gabbert piled up the goals this fall, Whitman coach Scott Shields made a point to note that Gabbert's game was not all about her own scoring. 

"Corina is obviously scoring a lot, but the opportunities she creates for her teammates with her passing are even more impressive," Shields said.

"It's only when you watch the whole game do you realize what a gifted player she is."

A four-year starter who made the All-NWC Second Team in her first year at Whitman, Gabbert finished her career with 45 goals and 14 assists, good for 102 points. She and Kristen Berndt, a 2008 graduate, are the only Whitman players in the last two decades to have topped the 100-point scoring mark.

                                  Corina Gabbert

As a history major, Gabbert focused her senior oral exams on racial discourse in modern imperialism in the U.S., Japan and Europe.

She is also completing pre-med courses with the possibility of pursuing medical school or physical therapy studies in the future. 

After graduating from Whitman next spring, she plans to spend time traveling before deciding on a career path. Coaching soccer is also a short-term possibility.

Gabbert, as a third-year volunteer with the Whitman Mentor Program, spends time with students at the Garrison Middle School in Walla Walla. She also serves on Whitman's Student Athlete Advisory Committee and with the Senior Class Fund Committee.

Earlier this fall, Gabbert became eligible for Academic All-American honors after she earned first-team academic honors in District VIII, which includes schools in 11 western states and British Columbia. She was named to the Academic All-District Second Team as both a sophomore and junior.

Gabbert, a graduate of Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Ore., is the ninth Whitman student athlete to earn Academic All-American honors since the school began submitting nominations earlier this decade. More than 30 Whitman student athletes have earned Academic All-District honors during that time. 

Whitman, affiliated nationally with NCAA Division III, is the top liberal arts & sciences college in the Northwest, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of colleges and universities. 

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu