Dec. 4, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy men's soccer player Eric Wootten has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Men's Soccer Team, earning the recognition for the second straight year. He was a second-team honoree this year after being named to the third team a year ago.
Wootten, who earlier this fall was named to the Capital One First Team Academic All-District Team and the Patriot League All-Academic Team, becomes third multiple winner in Navy men's soccer history, joining Donald Field (1996 - 3rd, 1997 - 1st) and Sam Miller (2010 - 3rd, 2011 - 1st) as two-time Academic All-Americans. It also marks the third straight year that Navy has had an Academic All-American. Wootten was one of two Patriot League players named to the squad, joining Bucknell's Joe Meyer, who was a third-team selection.
Wootten becomes the sixth player in Patriot League history to be named Academic All-American twice.
Wootten appeared in all 17 games with seven starts during this past fall. 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 23rd 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 and recently received the service assignment of submarine (nuclear).
Navy finished 7-7-3 overall and will return nine starters for the 2013 season.
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