In her four year career at St. John’s University, Emily Cubbage was strong in the classroom and strong on the pitch.
Finishing her collegiate career with a 3.90 grade point average in speech pathology & audiology, Cubbage graduated recently with a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, and will continue her studies at St. John’s in the fall, pursuing a master’s degree in her undergraduate field of study.
On the pitch, she was an ironwoman, playing in all 78 games contested during her time with the Red Storm.
Cubbage is receiving one more award, being honored by the Big East’s Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award, given to one male and one female student-athlete annually from a Big East-sponsored sport. Those honored must also have been admitted to a degree-granting or professional program for the following year and who have demonstrated leadership through excellence in academic credentials, athletic performance and depth of commitment to service within the institution or the community. Each honoree receives a $5,000 scholarship, which may be applied to postgraduate study.
The award is named for Michael Tranghese, the Big East’s first full-time employee who served as commissioner of the conference from 1990 to 2009 and embodied leadership and dedication from the league’s inception. Honorees are selected by the Big East Conference Academic Affairs Committee.
Cubbage is the first female student-athlete from St. John’s to receive the Tranghese Award and the second student-athlete overall, joining baseball’s Shawn Heide, who garnered the honor last season.
On the pitch, she played a vital role in the most successful stretch in St. John’s Women’s Soccer history. The Rio Rancho, N.M., native was a part of two NCAA Tournament squads during her four years on the team and captained the Red Storm to its first-ever Big East Regular Season title as a senior in 2015.
The owner of seven goals and eight assists during her career, Cubbage set school records for games played (78) and games started (78). She is the only Johnny in program history to grace the starting XI during every possible contest of her career. A two-time Second Team All-Big East honoree, Cubbage was also twice named to the NSCAA All-Region Third Team as a junior and a senior.