Feb. 25, 2000

Notre Dame women’s soccer two-time All-American and two-time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American Jenny Streiffer has been named the 1999-2000 BIG EAST female scholar-athlete of the year and will receive a $4,000 scholarship towards her graduate studies. The senior from Baton Rouge, La., was chosen from scholar-athlete award winners from all 13 conference schools. Pittsburgh swimmer Scott VanEpps was chosen as the male scholar-athlete of the year. The winners were determined by the league’s Academic Awards Committee. Streiffer is the second Notre Dame student-athlete to earn the award, joining 1996-97 recipient and former women’s soccer All-American Jen Renola.

Streiffer, a senior pre-professional studies and anthropology major, earned All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 1996 and in 1999 as a senior when she helped lead the fifth-seeded Irish to the NCAA Women’s College Cup championship game. As a sophomore in 1997, she earned GTE/CoSIDA first-team Academic All-America accolades and again was selected as a junior. Streiffer is one of only two players in Division I soccer history to score 70 goals and have 70 assists and is 10th in NCAA Division I history and first in Irish history with 211 career points. Streiffer was a member of the U.S. under-20 team that won the 2000 Australia Cup and is a veteran of the U.S. under-21 national team. The three-time All-BIG EAST selection was the 1996 conference rookie of the year and has helped the Irish win four BIG EAST titles, including the 1999 BIG EAST championship when she was named the tournament MVP. Streiffer, who holds a 3.456 GPA, is a member of the Notre Dame Academic Honors Program for student-athletes. She was the 1997 recipient of the Knute Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award and a member of the Pre-Veterinary Club. Streiffer plans to attend veterinary school.