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#1 Paige Soenksen
Position: Goalie
Height: 5'10"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Encinitas, Calif.
High School: La Costa Canyon
Club: Pacific Falcons
Experience: 1 Letter
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MPSF Rookie of the Week (April 7)
MPSF Rookie of the Week (April 14)
All-MPSF First Team
All-MPSF Rookie of the Year
MPSF All-Tournament Team
IWLCA West All-Region Second Team

FRESHMAN (2014): A defensive dynamo for the Buffs, Soenksen’s outstanding rookie season helped her receive attention both in the conference and nationally. Soenksen led the conference and ranked second in the nation in saves (203), save percentage (.525) and saves per game (10.68). Her goals-against average of 10.08 also ranked in the nation’s top 50. Soenksen started all 19 games, spending 1095:17 in the crease, helping the Buffs to an 11-8 record. Soenksen held 11 opponents to nine or fewer goals, allowing just three goals in just under 53 minutes played in the Buffs’ inaugural game at Stetson. She grabbed 12 or more saves on nine separate occasions. Soenksen earned back-to-back MPSF Rookie of the Week honors during the regular season. For her first honor, she combined for 28 saves and posted an impressive .609 save percentage in a road trip to UC Davis and then-No. 8 Stanford. She began the weekend with nine saves in CU’s 14-5 win over UCD, allowing just two players to score. She had a record-breaking performance at Stanford, breaking career and CU-single game records while tying the 2014 MPSF single-game high of 19 saves. She earned another ROW title after her next two outings. She had 16 saves against USC, grabbing a big save with three minutes left in regulation, keeping the tie intact and eventually helping CU to a 12-11 overtime victory.  Soenksen had 12 more saves (five coming in overtime play) and a career-high four ground balls in the Buffs’ 7-6 sudden victory over SDSU. In the postseason, Soenksen grabbed 26 saves and a ground ball and caused a turnover, earning a spot on the MPSF All-Tournament team. In addition to her prowess in net, Soenksen grabbed 14 ground balls, caused a turnover and contributed an assist.

COACH ELLIOTT ON SOENKSEN: "Paige was one of the first players I had on campus, and she instantly made a strong impression with her positive attitude, competitive nature and love for the game. Paige has a strong presence and confidence in the cage. She has a great attitude and loves the challenge that being a goalie brings. We are excited to have Paige help anchor our defensive unit." 

HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letter-winner, Soenksen grabbed 132 saves and recorded a .512 save percentage in the net. In her final season, Soenksen and La Costa Canyon claimed C.I.F. Open Division and Avocado League Championships, their second consecutive year taking home the league title. Her team’s captain her senior year, she was named to the Western Girls Lacrosse All-American Team and was crowned the Union Tribune and C.I.F. Player of the Year. She was also named an AP Scholar with Distinction and was a first-team Avocado League and California Scholastic Federation selection as a senior. In her final two seasons, she was named her team’s MVP, first-team All-C.I.F. and an Academic All-American, while earning the title of Avocado League Player of the Year. In addition to the league title her junior season, La Costa Canyon posted an amazing 18-1 record and also won the CIF - San Diego Section D1 Championship. The team ended the season ranked No. 1 in the West and No. 24 in the nation, according to Lacrosse Magazine. That year, Soenksen was also named the North County Times Player of the Year, first-team CIF D1 and was a U.S. Lacrosse All-American honorable mention. She further excelled in the classroom with Union Tribune All-Academic and an AP Scholar honors. Soenksen was a two-time CIF Scholar Athlete and was named to the San Diego WDNT team as a junior. She was also a two-time team MVP of her Pacific Falcons club squad that claimed the 2011 Bay Area Bonanza Championship.

IN THE CLASSROOM: Soenksen is an international affairs major.

PERSONAL: Paige "Sunny" Soenksen was born on September 12, 1995 to Dirk and Kathleen Soenksen. Her older sister Amy plays lacrosse at Hamilton College. Her older brother Eric plays lacrosse at California. Soenksen plays the saxophone and likes the music of Luke Bryan. She enjoys reading the Harry Potter books and watching movies like The Dark Knight. She's a fan of the San Diego Chargers and the Los Angeles Kings. She felt CU was a good overall fit, and took the opportunity to help build a program over going to other recruiters Harvard, Brown and Cal.

 

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