ASU Soccer: Lupori named NCAA Woman of the Year nominee
MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Former Alabama State soccer student-athlete McKenna Lupori was selected as a 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year announced by the organization.
Lupori, who was the school nominee for Alabama State, was also chosen by the NCAA as each conference is allowed two nominees if at least one of the nominees is a woman of color or an international student-athlete. She joins Jackson State’s Hannah White, who was named the SWAC Woman of the Year, as the nominees from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
“Being a student at Alabama State has changed my life,” Lupori said. “Not only during my time of the COVID-19 pandemic, but just in general. I’ve learned so many things that have influenced the way that I live, the way I carry myself, and the way I communicate with people.
A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Alabama State, Lupori majored in Forensic Biology and finished with a 4.0 grade point average before moving on this year to UAB. She is currently in her first year of graduate school, majoring in Forensic Science. She was named to the Dean’s List all four years in college, all while serving as the captain of the soccer team for her final two years.
During her time at Alabama State, Lupori was active in community service activities including serving at the Veterans Hospital by making Valentine’s Day cards, delivering food for Meals on Wheels around the Montgomery area, assisting with the Montgomery Half Marathon/5K, and dressing up and working at Zoo Boo at the Montgomery Zoo.
She also served her team while on the pitch, being named First Team All-SWAC and to the SWAC All-Tournament team during her senior season. Lupori was also instrumental in helping the Lady Hornets capture the regular season and tournament championship during the spring 2021 season.