Feb. 1, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's soccer team had 11 members named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, the league office announced last week. Three of Navy's players, sophomore Sam Miller and freshmen Eric Wootten and Connor McCubrey, had GPAs of 4.00 during the fall semester. Navy was the only school with multiple players to record a 4.00 GPA, and the trio were three of seven players to achieve 4.00 GPAs.
There were 94 student-athletes that qualified for the list with American leading all teams with 16 honorees, while Bucknell and Lafayette each had 15. Colgate placed 12 on the list, followed by Navy (11), Army (10), Lehigh (9) and Holy Cross (6).
To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the fall semester.
Miller, a sophomore midfielder from Tulsa, Okla., owned a 4.00 GPA in the fall semester while majoring in mechanical engineering. Miller owns a cumulative 3.90 GPA in three semesters at Navy and ranks 36th on the overall Order of Merit in the sophomore class. Miller recorded two points on one goal during his sophomore campaign and this is the second straight year he has been named to the academic honor roll.
Wootten and McCubrey recorded perfect GPAs in their first semester on the Yard. Wootten, a freshman forward from Woodbridge, Va., ranked tied for fourth on the team with five points (2 g, 1 a) and his two goals led the team with four other players. He netted a game-winning overtime goal in the 3-2 win over Temple early in the season. McCubrey, a freshman defenseman from Marietta, Ga., appeared in five games, registering no statistics.
Chris Marino (Longwood, Fla.) was named to the list for the fourth time during his career after recording a 3.75 GPA in ocean engineering. Marino scored one goal in 18 games for the Midshipmen. He was joined for the second time by classmate Matt Tapajcik (Alexandria, Va.), who achieved a 3.82 GPA in oceanography. Tapajcik played in five games, registering one assist, before a knee injury cut short his senior season.
Two juniors, Will Craven
(Raleigh, N.C.) and Alex Foskett
(Manassas, Va.), made the list. Foskett owned a 3.73 GPA in electrical engineering while starting all 19 games in the defensive backfield. Craven accumulated a 3.56 GPA in aerospace engineering, while playing in six games in goal with two starts. He had a 1.59 GAA and a .643 save percentage.
Wes Powell (Jackson, N.J.) was the lone sophomore to make the list, compiling a 3.25 GPA in mathematics. Powell had a sensational season on the field, ranking third on the team in points (7) and assists (3), while tying for the team lead in goals (2). His most dramatic goal came in a driving rainstorm against Army, when his penalty kick goal in overtime gave the Mids a 1-0 victory over the Black Knights in late September. Powell appeared in all 19 games.
In addition to Wootten and McCubrey, a trio of freshman complete the list for Navy. Seth Stewart (Greensboro, N.C.) owned a 3.80 GPA while appearing in 17 games, scoring one goal on the year. Giiehti Christian (Dover, Del.) recorded a 3.67 GPA while playing in five games last fall. Josh Adelman (Johnson City, Tenn.) rounds out the list with a 3.25 GPA while appearing in 13 games with two starts in 2009.
Navy went 8-11-0 a year ago, but welcomes back 13 letterwinners and almost 75 percent of its scoring from the 2009 season, including nine of its top 12 scorers.
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