Feb. 2, 2012
Patriot League Release
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Ten Navy men's soccer players were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, the Patriot League office announced on Thursday afternoon. To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 GPA in the semester of their sport's competition.
Leading the Navy contingent was junior Eric Wootten and freshman Michael Lemonick. The duo was two of eight players around the league to earn 4.00 GPAs during the fall semester and Navy was one of three teams (American, Bucknell and Navy) to have multiple players earn a 4.00 GPA.
Wootten, a junior midfielder from Woodbridge, Va., was named to the squad after recording a 4.00 GPA in mechanical engineering. Earlier this year, he was one of two Patriot League players (teammate Sam Miller was the other) to earn CoSIDA / Capital One Academic All-America honors, being named to the third team. Wootten owns a 3.84 cumulative GPA and ranks 47th (out of 1,094) on the Overall Order of Merit in the junior class. This past season, Wootten played in 15 games, scoring the game-winning goal against St. Francis (N.Y.). For his career, Wootten has appeared in 41 games, scoring seven points (3 g, 1 a).
Lemonick, a freshman defenseman from Wynnewood, Pa., was the only freshman on the Honor Roll to earn a 4.00 GPA. An undecided major, Lemonick ranks seventh (out of 1,185) on the freshman class' Overall Order of Merit and is first on both the Academic Order of Merit and Military Order of Merit. Lemonick played in 13 games, scoring a goal against Longwood. He started the last five games of the year in which Navy went 3-0-2 and was a key figure in helping Navy hold its opponents to just two goals in the final five games while making the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since the 2001 season.
The duo was joined on the team by seniors Sam Miller
(Tulsa, Okla.), who was Navy's other representative on the CoSIDA / Capital One Academic All-America team with a 3.81 GPA in mechanical engineering, and Wes Powell
(Jackson, N.J.) with a 3.76 GPA in applied mathematics. Miller was a four-time selection to the Academic Honor Roll while Powell was mentioned three times.
Juniors Giiehti Christian (Dover, Del. / 3.38 GPA in information technology) and David Jackson (Forest, Va. / 3.27 GPA in systems engineering) were named to the team for the third and first times, respectively.
Three sophomores, Dave Arnold (Baltimore, Md. / 3.58 GPA in economics), Zach Davis (Colorado Springs, Colo. / 3.41 GPA in oceanography) and Aaron Dupere (Royal Palm Beach, Fla. / 3.24 GPA in quantitative economics) were also mentioned. The award is the second for both Arnold and Davis and the first for Dupere.
Finally, freshman Donny Burton (Lancaster, Pa. / 3.24 GPA with an undecided major) was also honored on the squad.
Navy finished 7-7-5 during the 2011 season and returns nine starters for the 2012 squad. The team will return 57 of the 67 points (85.1 percent) of its scoring, as well as all three goalkeepers that saw action in the 2011 season.
# GO NAVY #