Five Lobos Earn a Spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/02/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 2, 2007

Five members of the University of New Mexico men's soccer squad were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI team today. Seniors Mike Graczyk and Joey Vitagliano, juniors Mike Porter and Chris Wright and sophomore Simon Ejdemyr were all honored for their work in the classroom and are now eligible for Academic All-America status.

Graczyk earned his second spot on the all-district team with a 3.52 grade-point-average in Journalism and Mass Communication. He currently leads the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 0.78 goals-against-average and four shutouts. Vitagliano is also making his second appearance on the all-district team. He currently has a 3.73 g.p.a. in Media Arts and was a 3rd team All-MPSF performer last season.

Porter is another repeat performer on the all-district team with a 3.65 g.p.a. in Finance. He has started every game this season and has a goal and an assist. Wright was a second team Academic All-American in 2006 and is now eligible to repeat that honor this season. He has a 3.98 g.p.a. in Portuguese and leads the MPSF in scoring with 19 points on eight goals and three assists. Ejdemyr is making his first appearance on the academic all-district squad. A 2006 Freshman All-American, Ejdemyr has a 4.11 g.p.a. in General Management. He is one of the top defenders in the region and has scored three goals on the season.

In order to qualify for the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District team an individual must be in his second season at the institution and have at least a 3.2 g.p.a. All members of academic all-district first teams are eligible for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American voting. Voting is done by members of the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). New Mexico is one of just four schools in the nation to have at least one Academic All-American every year since 2003.

2007 Men's Soccer ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI
Goalkeeper - Mike Graczyk - New Mexico - Sr - 3.52 - Journalism & Mass Communication
Midfielder - Ben Shuleva - SMU - Sr - 3.92 - Finance
Midfielder - Mike Porter - New Mexico - Jr - 3.65 - Finance
Midfielder - Joey Vitagliano - New Mexico - Sr - 3.73 - Media Arts
Defender - Simon Ejdemyr - New Mexico - So - 4.11 - General Management
Defender - Kilian Poeschk - Tulsa - So - 4.0 - International Business
Forward - Eric Burkholder - Tulsa - Sr - 3.96 - Finance
Forward - Chris Wright - New Mexico Jr - 3.98 - Portuguese
Forward - Scott Gepper - SMU - Jr - 3.80 - Financial Consulting

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