Three Lafayette Men's Soccer Players Named to ESPN All-Academic Teams
Nov. 2, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - Three Lafayette men's soccer players have been named to the ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District II Team, as announced on Thursday. Seniors Luke Sullivan and Mike Tilley earned a spot on the first team, while classmate Scott Hawkins was named to the second team.
This honor is the first for all three. Current senior Mark Price was the most recent Lafayette player to earn a spot on the All-Academic Team having been named to the first team as a junior in 2006.
Sullivan, a Biology major, has garnered two All-Patriot League Team honors during his career and was also named to the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region First Team as a sophomore. In addition, he earned a spot on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a freshman. This season, he has started 10 games in the back for the Leopards and played a key role in a defense that is allowing just 0.58 goals per game, the sixth-best mark in the nation as of Oct. 29.
A versatile midfielder, Tilley has appeared in 65 career games, including 57 starts. The Government and Law major is a two-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recipient and serves as the team representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. This season he has already matched his career-high in goals with three, including one game winner. For his career, he has seven goals, four of which have been game winners for the Leopards.
Hawkins, one of the top forwards in the Patriot League, has already earned a spot in the Lafayette record books. The Economics and Business major has scored 24 career goals, tied for fifth all-time in program history. He has received two All-Patriot League Team honors, was tabbed as the league's Co-Rookie of the Year in 2004, and has been named to the NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Regional team for the previous two seasons. He also earned a spot on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a junior. This season, he leads the team in scoring with five goals.
In order to be eligible for the ESPN Academic All-District teams, a student-athlete must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.20 and be a starter or key reserve on his team. The All-District honorees now advance to the national Academic All-America ballot.
Lafayette is next in action when the team hosts Patriot League opponent Navy on Saturday at 7 p.m. Hawkins, Sullivan and Tilley, along with the remaining three members of the senior class (Evan Cohen, Mark Price and Anthony Sepe) will be honored prior to the start of the match.
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