AZUSA, Calif. -- Junior Stephanie Bays, who earlier in the year earned her third straight All-GSAC honor, was named NAIA All-American today.
Bays was named to the second team and it is her first such honor.
One of the top players in the GSAC, Bays split time between the Cougar defense and attack this season. Despite missing the final 6 games with a knee injury, she compiled 10 points, which was fourth on the team, scoring 4 goals and assisting on 2 others. She scored perhaps the biggest goal of the season in the waning seconds of regulation that completed a Cougar comeback from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime in an eventual 2-2 tie against Concordia.
However, she made her mark in the Cougar defense, spearheading the unit to the top of the NAIA before suffering her injury in the Cougars’ first loss of the season. In the 13 games prior with Bays in the back, the Cougar defense allowed just 4 goals, posting 10 of their 11 shutouts and notching a 0.32 goals against average, which at the time was the best mark in the GSAC.
The junior from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., has registered 22 goals, 5 assists and 49 points over the course of the past 3 seasons. She joins outgoing teammate Heather Hannemann as the only Cougars to earn All-GSAC honors in each of the past 3 seasons.