Montoliu Lobo and Berg receive SAC Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year awards

ROCK HILL, SC – Lenoir-Rhynes Carles Montoliu Lobo and Louise Berg were named the 2022 South Atlantic Conference Men’s and Women’s Soccer Scholars of the Year, the conference bureau announced today.

The South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is presented annually to one student-athlete in each of the conference’s championship sports and is elected by the SAC Faculty Athletic Representative Committee. Winners are selected based on their academic, athletic, service and leadership achievements.

Lobo, a dual major in Physics Engineering and Computer Science, has a 3.9 grade point average and has been selected six times by the Lenoir-Rhyne President’s List and twice by the Dean’s List. He was named the 2021 SAC Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 2022 SAC Man of the Year, SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll Member for each of the past four years, was the Spring 2021 SAC Elite 20 winner, and was a 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All District honoree.

“We are all so proud of another success from Carles,” said Lenoir-Rhyne, the men’s head coach Jack Winters. “As his time at LR comes to an end, it is only fitting that he receives another individual award alongside all the others. Carles is the epitome of an elite student athlete. He represented our program with a level of professionalism and consistency that is second to none. As one of our best and brightest, we can only beam with pride at this latest achievement and wish him well in the future.”

On the field, Lobo was named First Team All-Conference for the third straight year. That season, he guided Lenoir-Rhyne to their first SAC tournament title since 2006 and was named Tournament MVP. He had four goals and three assists that year, including two game-winners.

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A native of Valencia, Spain, Lobo is also very active off the field, serving as a member of the Lenoir-Rhyne Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Bears Leadership Academy. The two-time team captain also volunteered during the summer months with the Asociacion Periferia, a Spanish association that helps children at risk of social exclusion.

Berg, a junior major in political science and international affairs, has a GPA of 3,950 and is twice on the SAC Commissioner’s Roll of Honor and three times on the Lenoir-Rhyne President’s Roll. She is also a Lenoir-Rhyne Dean’s List honoree and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, a certified national honor society recognizing academic excellence in the freshman year of college or university, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Louise – we are very proud of her development and achievements as a student athlete,” said Lenoir-Rhyne, head coach of women’s football Dean Ward. “Louise is an amazing young woman who works extremely hard to be the best version of herself in all areas of her life. A dependable, dedicated and responsible defender on the football field, she is able to apply the same impressive traits and high standards to her studies and college life off the field. We congratulate Louise on this prestigious award.”

On the field, Berg was named First Team All-Conference and has played and started all 17 games this season, totaling 1415 minutes. She helped guide Lenoir-Rhyne to an SAC Regular Season Championship title and an NCAA tournament appearance. As a junior, she was part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s regional champion team that advanced to the Final 4 for the first time in program history. Her freshman year was highlighted by helping the Bears to a national ranking and an SAC Conference Tournament Championship.

A native of Ahus, Sweden, Berg is extremely active in the Lenoir-Rhyne community, serving as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Bears Leadership Academy. She is also the leader of a wellness group for the Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer team and volunteers with Project Rescue Ocean and the Hickory Soup Kitchen.

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