Feb. 2, 2007
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Seven Navy men's soccer players were recently named to the Patriot League Men's Soccer Academic Honor Roll, the league office announced earlier this week. To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 GPA in the fall semester and be awarded a varsity letter in one of the Patriot League's seven fall championship events.
Leading the Navy contingent is junior goalkeeper Evan Barnes. The Dublin, Ohio, native was one of two men's soccer players in the Patriot League to post a 4.00 GPA, with Army's Andrew Glubzinski being the other. Barnes, who is majoring in Honors Systems Engineering, started 11 games, posting a 3-6-2 record with a 1.28 GAA and a .746 save percentage. He recorded a pair of shutouts on the season against Cal Poly and Colgate. During the Cal Poly contest, he recorded a Navy season-best nine saves en route to his 44 saves in 2006. Barnes was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in early November.
Senior Zach Pleis (Granite Bay, Calif.) boasted a 3.63 GPA in ocean engineering to earn the academic honor. Pleis started 15 games for head coach Rich Mirada, dishing out an assist in a 2-1 win over Mount St. Mary's. Pleis was part of a defensive effort that allowed just 25 goals in 16 games.
Freshman Cash Elston (Sammamish, Wash.) was named to the team after recording a 3.31 GPA in an undecided major. Elston appeared in five games on the pitch before breaking his foot on Navy's west coast trip. He was named a Patriot League Rookie of the Week and finished with one point on an assist with two shots.
Freshman Chris Marino (Longwood, Fla.) had a strong first semester at Navy on both the field and classroom. In the classroom, Marino recorded a 3.38 GPA with an undecided major. On the field, Marino appeared in 14 games with one start dishing out an assist in a 2-1 loss to Lehigh. He recorded four shots on the season.
Junior Justin Waskey (Georgetown, Ky.) was named to the Honor Roll after posting a 3.37 GPA in economics during the fall semester. During the season, Waskey, who battled injuries all year long, appeared in 13 games with 12 starts, while dishing out one assist against Delaware.
Junior Brett Copare (Pittsgrove, N.J.) earned on a spot on the list after recording a 3.31 GPA in economics. Copare appeared in 12 games with five starts, firing one shot on the season.
The last member of the team was senior captain Tom Shelly (Crofton, Md.). Shelly earned the honor after appearing in 14 games, scoring two points (1 g, 0 a). He played in 60 games during his career, drawing 55 starts and scoring three points (1 g, 1 a) in his four years at Navy. He guided a Navy defense as the center back during his four years at Navy and helped a defense show steady improvement during his career. He sported a 3.29 GPA in systems engineering during the fall semester. Shelly was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in early November.
The Navy men's soccer team will kick off its spring season March 24 against Virginia Military and Longwood at Lexington, Va.
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