Nov. 7, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. --
Navy men's soccer players Sam Miller
and Eric Wootten
have both been named to the Capital One Academic All-District II first team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced over the weekend.
Bucknell had three players named to the team while Navy was the only other program with multiple honorees. It also marks the second straight year that Navy had two players named to the academic first team as Miller and Alex Foskett were honored last year. Both of them would go on to earn Academic All-America honors.
All first-team members from eight districts nationally are now eligible for inclusion on the Academic All-America ballot. To be eligible for the ballot, student-athletes must have a 3.30 cumulative GPA, must have completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility and must have competed in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form.
Miller, a senior midfielder from Tulsa, Okla., was named to the first team for the second straight year and to the all-district team for the third time in his career (second team as a sophomore in 2009) after serving as the team captain on this year's squad and owning a 3.95 cumulative GPA in mechanical engineering. His GPA is the highest of any player on the all-district squad. He is a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and was voted to the Patriot League men's soccer all-academic team last year. He was a third-team ESPN The Magazine / CoSIDA Academic All-American last year and currently ranks 19th on the Academic Order of Merit (out of 1,135) in the senior class. He has had four straight semesters (entering fall 2011) of 4.00 GPAs. Miller has received his top service-selection choice of Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD).
On the field, Miller has played in 67 of a possible 71 games during his career, drawing starts in 45 of them. The 67 games played are among the all-time leaders in Academy history. This year, Miller has helped the team to its first Patriot League Tournament appearance since 2001, by starting all 18 games as a defensive midfielder and contributing an assist in a win over UNC Greensboro. For his career, Miller has nine points (4 g, 1 a).
Wootten, a junior midfielder from Woodbridge, Va., was also named to the first team with a 3.81 GPA in honors systems engineering. Wootten has previously been named to two Patriot League Academic Honor Rolls and ranks 58th (out of 1,144) on the Overall Order of Merit in the junior class. Wootten has been a member of the Commandant's List all four semesters and a part of the Superintendent's List and Dean's List twice each.
This season, Wootten has played in 14 games, scoring the game-winning goal against St. Francis (N.Y.). For his career, Wootten has appeared in 40 games, scoring seven points (3 g, 1 a).
The Navy men's soccer team will battle top-seeded American in the Patriot League Tournament on Friday at 11:00 am at Washington, D.C.'s, Reeves Field on the campus of American University. The other semifinal pits second-seeded Colgate against third-seeded Lehigh on Friday at 2:00 pm. The two semifinal winners will compete on Sunday at 1:00 pm with a berth to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
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