Illinois Men's Soccer Player Chris VanDuerm Earns Academic All-MAC
- When it comes to the classroom or the field, Northern Illinois
University's Chris VanDuerm (Wheaton / Warrenville South) has proven
to be a gamewinner. So it was no surprise when the Huskie junior
was named to the Mid-American Conference's All-Academic Men's Soccer
was the league's co-leader in matchwinning goals with five, was
one of 11 student-athletes chosen based on voting done by the MAC's
Faculty Representatives. To qualify, a student-athlete must have
at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point-average and have participated
in 50 percent of the team's contests. First-year students and junior
college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible
for the award.
the season Chris had and the type of student-athlete he is, this
isn't a surprise, it's simply the latest tribute to him and what
he does, which is make good decisions on and off the field,"
NIU coach Steve Simmons insisted. "During this year, he was
also a Men's Soccer Player of the Week, and he certainly continues
to get the job done in the classroom as well. Overall, he's a great
kid, one of the many poster-boys for success that we believe we
have in our program."
has a 3.21 GPA as an accountancy major in NIU's nationally reknown
College of Business, was recently named a Huskie Level honoree in
the school's own Academic Excellence Program for the second straight
year. The 5-8, 155-pound junior midfielder was NIU's co-leader in
goals with five and was tied for second on the squad in point production
with 10. He had the matchwinning goals in the Huskies' victories
over Western Illinois University (3-2), Valparaiso University (3-2),
the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (1-0), Eastern Illinois University
(1-0), and Western Michigan University (2-0).
posted their second consecutive double-figure winning season, 11-5-2,
after having gone 12-7-0 the year before, with a second straight
runner-up finish in the Mid-American Conference.
and postseason tournament champion University of Akron had three
honorees including MAC Newcomer of the Year Evan Bush. The Zips
goalie was also a First-Team All-MAC selection along with teammate
Yohann Mauger, who was on the Academic All-MAC unit along with teammate
For the second
consecutive year, the Western Michigan University duo of Dan Picmann
and Edgar Rivera earned Academic All-MAC accolades as did the University
at Buffalo's Daniel Bell. UB's Bulls, who finished second in the
postseason tourney, also were represented on the academic unit by
Frank Stagnitta and John DeCarlo. New Mid-Am affiliate member Indiana
University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW) had two players
named in Trent Miller and Joe Schuring.
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