CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Five repeat selections highlight the 2011 Men’s Soccer All-Academic team, a group of 12 student-athletes released by the conference office this afternoon. These student-athletes, who excel academically as well as athletically, represent the best of the America East Conference.
Headlining the squad is University of New Hampshire’s Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.), a three-time All-Conference midfielder, who earned All-Academic recognition for the third straight year. Other repeat choices are University at Albany’s Anthony DeSalvo (Cicero, N.Y.), Binghamton University’s Ryan Walter (Snyder, N.Y.), University of Hartford’s James Stamopoulos (Mississauga, Ontario) and UMBC’s Vince Savarese (Perry Hall, Md.).
Joining Hilton as All-America East honorees to also earn All-Academic recognition is UMBC’s Liam Paddock (Worcestershire, England). Paddock, a junior, was a first-team defender.
Rounding out the team are UMBC’s Andy Streilein (Worcestershire, England), UNH’s Ryan McNabb (Merrimack, N.H.), Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden), Alex Russell (Harrisburg, Pa.) and Jeff Turner (Blandon, Pa.) and University of Vermont’s David Ramada (Essex, Vt.).
The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the fourth straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (e.g., 11 on the field for soccer) but can be more if there is a tie in voting. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.