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Successful FirstPointUSA Student-Athletes!
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We take a closer look at some of many successful FirstPointUSA student-athletes from the past and present. Jordan Wilson – University of Kentucky, Kentucky (Men’s Soccer) Jordan is a former Glasgow Rangers Player who joined the Kentucky Wildcats in 2013, and immediately fit in well with the atmosphere of the team. In his first year at the university, he has been named to the Conference USA All-Tournament Team, and he quickly became a key member of the Wildcats defense. Academically Jordan succeeded as well, being named on the SEC academic honor roll as a freshman. More recently, Jordan was ranked one of the top 10 defenders in men’s college soccer, a huge honor for such a young player. Dulcie Davies – Stanford University, California (Hockey) Dulcie Davies enrolled in the world-renowned Stanford University in 2012, but unlike most students joining the prestigious school, she already had the title of former England U16, U18 and U21 international. However, she continued to develop and improve her skills as a player during her time at Stanford, with the help of her teammates and coaches. During her time at the college, she was named the Defensive Player of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year twice, and was a two-time recipient of the David Furnell Trophy for Outstanding Sporting Achievement – all while balancing a degree in science, technology and society. After graduating in 2016, her plans are to remain in California, coaching hockey. Victoria Stratton – University of Louisville, Kentucky (Hockey) Victoria, a New Zealander born and raised in Auckland, joined the Louisville Cardinals in 2012. During her time at the school, she continued to better her playing skills, both athletically as part of the squad, and academically, while she majored in exercise science. She was actually named to the Big East honor roll twice – first as a freshman in 2012, then again in 2013, during her sophomore year. As well as this, she was selected to the NFHCA Division I senior game, a huge honor which put her among the best collegiate hockey players in the country. Caroline McPherson – Ohio State University, Ohio (Rowing/Crew) Caroline, a rower originally from Edinburgh, enrolled in Ohio State in 2008. She had already captained her high school boat club, and competed on the Scottish National Junior Team, but she found that her time in the states allowed her to further reach her potential, with the help of her coaches, teammates and facilities. During her time at the school, she was a four-time scholar athlete and she made the Dean’s list all four years she attended – all while helping her team to win the Big 10 Championships in her senior year. After graduating in 2012, Caroline joined the First Point team, working as a sports consultant. Karin Muya – University of Notre Dame, Indiana (Women’s Soccer) Karin joined the University of Notre Dame on a football scholarship in 2014, and hasn’t looked back since. The former England U19 international became the first English-born player to ever join the Fighting Irish and she’s certainly impressed coaches in the states. So far she has only completed one season, despite going into her junior year – due to being unable to play because of an injury. Despite this, in her first season she sunk four goals, totaled 19 shots and 12 shots on goal. She is currently enrolled in the Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and plans to continue to balance her studies with her blossoming soccer career. Danny Willet – Jacksonville State University, Alabama (Golf) Since Danny Willet left Jacksonville State University in 2007, after just two seasons, his career as a professional golfer has continued to rise. In 2008, he was ranked the No 1 amateur in the world. Later that year, he turned professional, going on to come 5th in the 2010 BMW PGA Championship, and winning the BMW International Open in 2012, his first win on the European Tour. However, his real success would come in 2016 when he won the Masters Tournament in Augusta, and received the iconic green jacket. Russell Knox – Jacksonville University, Florida (Golf) After graduating from Jacksonville University in 2007, Russell Knox has grown phenomenally as a golfer. Currently rated 27th in the world rankings, he has went from strength to strength since turning professional in 2007, something proved by his recent win at the WGC-HSBC Champions in November of 2015. This made him the first ever Scottish golfer to successfully win a WGC event and established him as a force to be reckoned with in the golfing world. Liam Doyle – Ohio State University, Ohio (Men’s Soccer) Liam was different to most scholarship recipients, in the way in which he previously attended Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, before transferring in order to attend Ohio State in 2014. While he was there, he was awarded many honors due to the skill and strength he brought to the squad, namely receiving the NSCAA All-American in 2014. Liam, born and raised on the Isle of Man, left the school in 2016, and currently plays for the USL side Harrisburg City Islanders, in Pennsylvania.