Jan. 18, 2008
The University of New Mexico men's soccer team continues to bring in postseason honors with eight players earning a spot on the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic squad today. The Lobos were also honored with the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2007 season.
In order to qualify for Academic All-MPSF a student-athlete must have a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore academically, must have completed one full academic year at the institution prior to the season for which the award is being received and must have competed in fifty percent or more of the institution's competition in the student-athlete's respective sport.
Seven of the eight Lobos selected were starters on the 2007 team that posted a 12-5-2 record, won their fourth consecutive MPSF title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last seven years. UNM's eight players on the All-Academic Team tied Denver for the most in the MPSF.
Lobos on the 2007 Academic All-MPSF List
Justin Davis - So - 3.28 - Midfielder - Avondale, AZ / Westview HS
Simon Ejdemyr - So - 4.11 - Defender - Boras, Sweden / Sven Erikson HS
Mike Graczyk - Sr - 3.52 - Goalkeeper - Albuquerque, NM / La Cueva HS
Mike Porter - Jr - 3.65 - Midfielder - Las Cruces, NM / Las Cruces HS
Michael Reed - RS-Fr - 3.50 - Midfielder - Albuquerque, NM / Sandia HS
Jack Smithson - Jr - 3.30 - Midfielder - Chicago, IL / Hinsdale HS
Joey Vitagliano - Sr - 3.73 - Midfielder - Scottsdale, AZ / Horizon HS
Chris Wright - Jr - 3.98 - Forward - Fair Oaks, CA / Jesuit HS
The Lobos also posted a team g.p.a. above a 3.0 during the fall 2007 semester, earning the NSCAA Team Academic Honor for the fifth year in a row. New Mexico has posted a 61-11-11 record since the start of the 2004 season. The Lobos' 80.1 winning percentage over the last four years in the highest in the NCAA.
"The accomplishments of our student-athletes show that Lobo soccer is committed to success both on the field and in the classroom," stated UNM head coach Jeremy Fishbein. "We challenge our guys to put forth maximum effort in the way they represent the University of New Mexico and themselves and these honors are a credit to their hard work."