Dec. 2, 2011
Complete CoSIDA Release
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy senior Sam Miller and junior Eric Wootten were both named to the Capital One Academic All-America men's Division I soccer team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced today. Miller was named a first-team honoree while Wootten was selected to the third team.
Navy was the only Patriot League squad to have a player mentioned and joined national powers Akron (3), Duke (3), Creighton (3) and Memphis (2) as the only schools in the country to have multiple representatives on the three teams (33 members).
It also marked the second straight year that Navy has had two players named Academic All-American as Alex Foskett was named to the second team a year ago, while Miller earned third-team accolades. Over the last two years, Navy is the only Patriot League team to have a player named to one of the three teams and Navy's four honors are tied for the second most in the country during that span behind Akron's five Academic All-Americans.
Navy soccer has now had seven Academic All-American honors as Donald Field (1996, 1997), Evan Barnes (2007), Alex Foskett (2010), Sam Miller (2010, 2011) and Eric Wootten (2011) have all earned CoSIDA citations. Miller joined Donald Field as a two-time winner of the award.
Miller, a midfielder from Tulsa, Okla., was named to the first team for the first time in his career and to the Academic All-America squad for the second consecutive year after earning third-team accolades a year ago, being one of eight players among the 33 honored to earn a pair of Academic All-America awards. A three-time Academic All-District honoree, Miller served as the team captain on the 2011 squad and owns a 3.95 cumulative GPA in mechanical engineering. His GPA was the fourth highest of the 11 players honored on the first team and he was one of 12 players named to the three squads to have a GPA of 3.95 or better. 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 in each of the last two seasons. Miller 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 played in 68 of a possible 72 games during his career, drawing starts in 46 of them. The 68 games played are among the all-time leaders in Academy history. This past year, Miller has helped the team to its first Patriot League Tournament appearance since 2001, by starting all 19 games as a defensive midfielder and contributing an assist in a win over UNC Greensboro. For his career, Miller finished with nine points (4 g, 1 a).
Wootten, a junior midfielder from Woodbridge, Va., was also named third-team Academic All-American 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 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).
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.
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