Nine Zags Selected To WCC All-Academic Team
Nov. 23, 2016
SAN BRUNO, Calif.--Nine Gonzaga men’s soccer players were honored for their academic achievements as well as their on-court accomplishments Wednesday as a pair were named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team and seven more picked up Honorable Mention accolades.
Junior defender Jalen Crisler and senior forward Jakob Granlund were both selected to the WCC All-Academic team. Crisler, a two-time honorable mention selection and two-time WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree, earned his first All-Academic team nod. He maintains a 3.65 cumulative GPA while majoring in business administration. On the pitch, he played in 17 games for GU this season, starting 16. He had three goals, fourth on the team, one assist, eighth on the team, and seven points, which ranked sixth on the Bulldogs. He anchored a defense that allowed only 10 shots per game and he took 24 shots, third on the team. Granlund, a two-time honorable mention selection and two-time honor roll winner, also earned his first All-Academic award. He is a business administration major with a 3.66 GPA. He shines on the field as well, even though he battled injuries in 2016, he still led the team in points and assists. His 14 points were sixth in the WCC and his six assists were fourth. Granlund also scored four goals this year, good for second on the team and ninth in the WCC. His name is now etched permanently in the GU record books. He finished sixth in single-season assists this year. On the career lists he finished third with 17 assists and his 41 points are ninth. His 142 career shots rank eighth.
Colton Cavey, Austin Giftopoulos, Alec Johnson, Jake Kempf, Nathaniel Tolton, Nick Ulowetz, and Ben Willis were all selected WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention. Cavey is a junior midfielder with a 3.39 GPA majoring in business. This season he had two goals and two assists for six points, seventh on the team, and he earned a WCC Player of the Week award. Giftopoulos, a sophomore defender, has a 3.42 GPA and is a business major. He scored three goals, fourth on the team, and also was selected a WCC Player of the Week. Johnson, a senior midfielder, is a business major with a 3.24 GPA. He took 11 shots, four on goal, and had four starts this season. Kempf, a sophomore forward, maintains a 3.7 GPA and is a business major. This season he scored a goal and had two assists, and had five shots on goal and started four matches. Tolton, a sophomore midfielder, has a 3.57 GPA and is majoring in human physiology. On the field, he took four shots, one on goal. Ulowetz, a junior defender, has a 3.67 GPA and is a business administration major. He led the team with five goals and his 12 points were second, and he scored a hat trick at home against San Diego. Finally, Ben Willis is a junior goalkeeper with a 3.23 GPA while majoring in sport management. Between the pipes he started in 17 games, making 47 saves which was fourth in the WCC and his three shutouts were third.
Cavey was a previous honorable mention and honor roll recipient, and Giftopoulos, Johnson, Kempf, Ulowetz, and Willis were past honor roll winners. To be considered for the WCC All-Academic team, student-athletes must maintain at least a 3.20 grade point average while also being a significant contributor to the team. This year, 15 honorees turned in a GPA of 3.5 or higher and five posted a 3.75 GPA or better.
2016 WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
2016 WCC MEN’S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC HONORABLE MENTION: Valdemar Andersen, Santa Clara; Dakota Armour, Saint Mary’s; Djordje Babic, San Diego; Alex Braman, Saint Mary’s; Colton Cavey, Gonzaga; Paul Christensen, Portland; Matthew Coffey, Portland; Stephen Dougherty, Saint Mary’s; Geoffrey Dunn, Portland; David Garrett, San Francisco; Austin Giftopoulos, Gonzaga; Merlin Hoeckendorff, San Diego; Parker Holland, Santa Clara; Alec Johnson, Gonzaga; Connor Johnson, Loyola Marymount; Jake Kempf, Gonzaga; Andrew Konstantino, Saint Mary’s; Patrick McGrath, San Diego; Jose Ochoa, Loyola Marymount; Camden Riley, Pacific; Matthew Sipowicz, Santa Clara; Josh Smith, San Francisco; Nathaniel Tolton, Gonzaga; Nick Ulowetz, Gonzaga; Dirk van der Velde, Portland; Ben Willis, Gonzaga
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