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UMM's Borchers, Parker named finalists for UMAC honor

University of Minnesota, Morris soccer seniors Greg Borchers and Leah Parker have each been named finalists for the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Student-Athlete Leadership Award.

The most prestigious award bestowed upon UMAC athletes, it is given to one male and one female from member institutions, recognizing graduating seniors who demonstrate a healthy balance by achieving excellence in academics, leadership, and service, while participating in intercollegiate athletics.

Chosen from a pool across all eight UMAC schools, Borchers is one of just six male finalists, while Parker is one of just seven finalists on the women's side.

Both Borchers and Parker led their teams to runner-up finishes on the pitch this past fall, with each advancing to their respective UMAC Tournament championship games.

A three-time Academic All-Conference honoree, Borchers was also honored as a Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) at the end of the season. Also an All-Region performer for his performance on the field, he led the Cougars on the All-UMAC team, earning his second straight first team honor.

Parker was also a repeat performer on the Academic All-UMAC team last fall, while landing on the All-Conference First Team for the second straight year.  During the spring she is an All-Conference performer for the women's track & field team.

The UMAC Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award is presented to students who embody what it means to be an NCAA Division III athlete. Through this award, the UMAC recognizes the role athletics plays in developing leaders by rewarding athletes' excellence in the classroom as well as service to the community. The league's faculty athletic representatives nominate and vote on this honor.