Honors and Awards
First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2002)
Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll (Fall 1999, Spring 2000, Fall 2000, Spring 2001, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Fall 2002)
In her senior season at Nebraska, Leah Lamale (pronounced LEE-uh Luh-MAY-lee) transitioned from goalkeeper to midfielder. She saw playing time in 12 games in 2002, and contributed the first goal and assist of her career gainst Belmont.
The West Des Moines, Iowa, native got off six shots in her final season, with half of them being on goal.
Lamale closed out her academic career on a high note, with several accolades and honors for her 3.893 grade-point average. She was honored for her high academic achievements by earning first-team academic All-Big 12 and Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII honors in 2002. She graduated in December 2002 with a major in biological sciences and minors in Spanish, math and chemistry. She graduated with distinction and completed the University Honors Program.
An experienced reserve goalkeeper, Lamale saw nearly 15 minutes of action against Northern Iowa on Sept. 21, surrendering one goal.
After seeing time behind All-American goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc in 1999 and 2000, Lamale honed her skills in the spring seeing significant action against two Women's United Soccer Association teams along with Clemson, UCLA and defending national champion North Carolina.
Lamale was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll in both semesters. She has been named to the honor roll for six consecutive semesters.
An intelligent and hard-working athlete, Lamale was a solid No. 2 goalkeeper for the Huskers, seeing action in four games. Lamale allowed just one goal in 153 minutes, posting a 0.59 goals-against average.
Lamale played the entire second half in a shutout of Arkansas-Little Rock (Aug. 27), saw 29 minutes of action in a shutout of Southwest Missouri State (Aug. 29) and played a season-long 59 minutes as the Huskers shut out Drury (Sept. 3).
She surrendered her lone goal against Oklahoma State.
Lamale also earned spots on the Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll both semesters.
Lamale appeared in four games, allowing one goal in 76 minutes of action for a 1.19 goals-against average as a true freshman for the Huskers. Lamale relieved LeBlanc in wins over Oral Roberts, Colorado, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Against the Red Raiders in the Big 12 Tournament, Lamale allowed her only goal of the season. Lamale also earned a spot on the Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll both semesters.
West Des Moines Valley did not sponsor a girls' soccer program, but Lamale captured a state title as a member of Valley's 4x400 relay team in 1998 and qualified again in 1999, despite a pulled hamstring. She competed in track four seasons, and played basketball and volleyball two years.
Lamale took advanced placement courses in chemistry, calculus, physics and biology and graduated with better than a 4.0 grade-point average.
She was selected as a State of Iowa Scholar, which recognizes the top students in the state based on test scores and academic record.
She participated on the Science Bowl team that earned a state runner-up finish in 1999 and was an alternate on the Science Bowl Team that won the national title during her junior year.
Lamale attended West Des Moines Valley High School but did not play high school soccer. She was the starting goalkeeper for the Iowa United soccer club that went undefeated in 1998 and won the Iowa State Cup title for the sixth time during her club career under the direction of Coach Kim Walker.
Leah is the daughter of John and Ellen Lamale of West Des Moines, Iowa. Leah has two brothers, Aaron, 17, and Matthew, 13. A biological sciences major, Leah owns a 3.912 GPA. She was born Dec. 28, 1980, in West Des Moines, Iowa.