Trio of Soccer Players Graduate
BATON ROUGE – Three members of the LSU Soccer program are now ready to take the next step in their lives and pursue their respective careers after seniors Megan Kinneman, Danielle Murphy and Alex Ramsey took part in commencement exercises on Friday while earning their bachelor degrees from LSU a semester early.
This Tiger trio follows an emerging tradition for the LSU Soccer program as eight of its 14 graduates since the 2011 season have completed their degree requirements a semester early while graduating in December.
Ramsey started Friday’s commencement exercises by receiving her mass communication degree in a ceremony hosted by the Manship School of Mass Communication at the Union Theater at 9 a.m. Kinneman later received her sports administration degree and Murphy received her kinesiology degree in a ceremony for the College of Human Sciences and Education at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center at 6 p.m.
“We’re very proud of Megan, Danielle and Alex for the hard work and dedication they’ve shown both athletically and academically since joining our program not even four years ago,” said LSU head coach Brian Lee. “It says a lot about their character to graduate in three-and-a-half years. They have certainly taken advantage of all the support LSU athletics offers its student-athletes to make this day possible.
“We know these three young women are prepared to tackle what lies ahead in their respective careers. They are forever a part of the LSU family and the foundation they have helped build for our program.”
Kinneman, who hails from Missouri City, Texas, will go down as one of the elite goalkeepers to ever wear the LSU uniform. She wrapped up her collegiate career as LSU’s school-record holder with 284 saves during her tenure, nearly 50 more than Mo Isom’s 235 saves for the No. 2 spot on the school’s all-time list. Kinneman is also LSU’s single-season record holder with a 0.66 goals against average as a freshman in 2010.
Kinneman also ranks No. 2 in school history with 17 clean sheets during her career and made the second-most appearances by a goalkeeper in team history with 60 appearances and 57 starts over the past four years.
In addition, Kinneman was named to the SEC Community Service team in 2012 and was twice named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012 as a leader in the classroom and in the community.
A four-year letterwinner with the Tigers, Murphy made 46 appearances with six starts during her collegiate career in Baton Rouge. A native of nearby Lafayette, she scored three goals and dished out three assists from her position on the front line. Murphy was also a two-time selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012 while pursuing her degree in kinesiology.
A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Ramsey is one of the most featured Tigers in history as she ended her collegiate career tied for No. 5 with 81 starts and tied for No. 9 with 83 games played on the school’s all-time career list. It is a career that also features three-straight selections to the SEC Academic Honor Roll from 2010-12 as one of the team’s academic stars.
Kinneman, Murphy and Ramsey are likely to add another SEC Academic Honor Roll selection to their resumes when the SEC office announces its honorees for the 2013 fall semester in the coming weeks.