Nov. 6, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy men's soccer players Eric Wootten and Zach Davis were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District II first team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced earlier this week. The team is made up of schools located in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
To be eligible, a player must be a sophomore or older, boast a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or a key reserve.
Wootten, a senior from Woodbridge, Va., appeared in all 17 games with seven starts. As a defensive midfielder, Wootten recorded eight shots on the season while helping the Navy defense record the fourth-best scoring defense mark in the Patriot League, despite playing an up-tempo style and against one of the toughest schedules in school history.
In the classroom, Wootten has been named to a trio of Patriot League Academic Honor Rolls and was a CoSIDA / Capital One Third-Team Academic All-American last year. Wootten serves as the 22nd Company Commander at the Naval Academy, which means that Wootten is basically in charge of the everyday responsibilities of 149 Midshipmen. He ranks 48th on the Overall Order of Merit, is 16th on the Military Order of Merit and has been a member of the Commandant's List all six semesters at Navy. He owns a 3.84 GPA in Honors Systems Engineering.
Wootten was also a first-team all-district selection a year ago, giving him a pair of first-team academic all-district accolades.
Davis, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., played center back for the Navy team this year, missing one game to injury. As one of the top center backs in the Patriot League, Davis helped the Mids to a 7-7-3 mark against one of the toughest schedules in school history. Navy ranked fourth in the league in goals against average while playing an up-tempo style, leading the league in scoring offense.
He is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, was a member of the Patriot League All-Tournament Team last year and won a Defensive Player of the Week a year ago. He ranks 97th on the Military Order of Merit (out of 1,140 students in junior class) and has been a part of the Commandant's List four times and the Superintendent's and Dean's List once. Davis boasts a 3.35 GPA in Oceanography. He was one of five underclassmen named to the squad.
Navy and Bucknell were the only schools in the district to have two players named to first team.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
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