Northern Illinois Men's Soccer Player Chris VanDuerm Earns Academic All-MAC Accolade



November 21, 2005

Northern Illinois Men's Soccer Player Chris VanDuerm Earns Academic All-MAC accolade

Cleveland, OH - 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 squad.

VanDuerm, who 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.

"Considering 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."

VanDuerm, who 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).

The Huskies 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.

Regular-season 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 Steve Kalan.

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.

(For further information, please contact Steve Nemeth) —NIU—