CAMBRIDGE, MASS. --  Eleven America East student-athletes have been selected to the 2008 Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team, which was released by the conference office this afternoon. These student athletes, who excel both academically as well as athletically, represent the best of the America East Conference.

The All-Academic team consists of Steward Ceus (West Haverstraw, N.Y./North Rockland) and Taylor Mikael McNamara (Mississauga, Ontario/Iona C.S.S.) from University at Albany, Kyle Manscuk (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institutue) from Binghamton University, Dan Schultz (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seven Hills School) from Boston University, Kyle LeDuc (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat/Providence College) and Alex Rickett (Northville, Mich./Northville) from University of Maine, Kyle Urso (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East) from University of New Hampshire and Jordan Crasilneck (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon), Will Haywood (Newton, Mass./Newton North), Jake McFadden (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and Connor Tobin (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins) from University of Vermont.

Ceus and Tobin were also named the America East Goalkeeper and Defender of the Year, respectively. They were joined on the first-team all-conference by Crasilneck, Schultz and Urso. Manscuk was a second-team All-America East selection.

Schultz and Tobin were also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I Men’s Soccer First Team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Crasilneck and McNamara were second-team choices.

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings, where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, whom excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.  

For the last two academic years, the All-Academic Team has been selected based on a formula. Starting this year, America East has adopted a more objective approach based on feedback from various coaches’ groups and administrators and approval by the athletic directors. The process will now resemble the CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program. Student-athletes worthy of consideration will now be nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by 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). 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. Freshman are not eligible for consideration.