Shannon Munoz
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

Shannon Munoz came to Columbia after a stellar high school career in Southern California and left New York as an Ivy League Champion.

Munoz, who made an immediate impact with her goal-scoring ability, began her Columbia career on a good note, earning Ivy League Honorable Mention and All-Northeast Rookie first team as a first-year. It would just be the beginning of a career of accomplishments and awards for Munoz.

The two-time captain led the lions in scoring each of the three seasons she competes. At the end of her Columbia career, Munoz stood third all-time in points, goals and assists.

In her sophomore season, Munoz racked up 29 points en route to an All-Ivy League second team selection, as well as making the 2004 NSCAA/Adidas All-Northeast Region third team. Also during the 2004 season, Munoz was named the Governor's Cup MVP after leading the Lions to the Governor's Cup title. The lions also captured the ECAC Championship during Munoz's sophomore season.

The defining year for Munoz and Columbia came during her senior season. In 2006, Munoz led the Lions to the programs first Ivy League Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. As an individual, Munoz was selected as Columbia's first-ever Ivy League Women's Soccer Player of the Year during the championship season, recording a total of 22 points on eight goals and six assists.

In two of the most critical games of the 2006 season, Munoz played an integral role in ensuring Columbia victories. In her final homecoming game, Munoz scored both of Columbia's goals in a 2-0 shutout of Dartmouth on the Lions' home pitch and in the season finale at Harvard, she assisted on the lone goal in the 82nd minute to give Columbia a 1-0 victory and the first Ivy League title in Columbia women's soccer history.

In addition to the Ivy League Player of the Year honor, Munoz garnered Big Apple Women's College Player of the Year, was named to the Fall Academic All-Ivy League Team, earned NSCAA/ Adidas All-Region first team accolades, and was honored as the Connie S. Maniatty Award winner as the top female student-athlete for the Class of 2007.