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Bronco Defenders Matt Hatzke and Matt Marquess Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII

Nov. 2, 2006

Santa Clara, Calif. - Santa Clara University juniors Matt Hatzke and Matt Marquess were named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII winners for their outstanding work on the soccer field and in the classroom in 2006. Both players have been key contributors to the men's soccer team's West Coast Conference Championship season, while maintaining high grade point averages. By being named District VIII winners, both players will now be eligible for Academic All-American honors, which will be announced at a later date. Santa Clara has posted an 11-3-4 record on the season and a 7-1-2 mark in WCC play.

"I am very proud of what our players accomplish both on and off the field," said head coach Cameron Rast. "Matt and Matt are both exemplary students and have been integral to our team's success this year. They are great representatives of the soccer program as well as the University."

In his third year as a Bronco, Hatzke has been a rock at left back for a defense that has allowed only 16 goals in 18 games and posted seven shutouts. After overcoming an early-season injury, Hatzke has proven to be a great two-way threat for SCU, playing strong defense while also jumping into the attack. He scored his first goal of the year against Portland on Oct. 8 on a free kick. In the classroom, the marketing major has a 3.77 GPA.

After appearing in all 22 games a year ago with 16 starts, Marquess has had an even better junior year, starting all 18 games and leading the Broncos in minutes played. He has now appeared in 40 straight games for SCU after transferring to Santa Clara following his freshman year at UC Santa Cruz. With Marquess in the middle, the Broncos have been one of the top defenses in the nation this season with seven shutouts and a team goals against average of 0.85. He registered the first assist of his career on Sept. 8 against Saint Louis, setting up Aaron Clubb for the game's first goal. A finance major, Marquess possesses a 3.75 GPA.

Senior soccer player Keith DeVey earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors in 2004 and 2005.

The Bronco men wrap up the regular season with two WCC contests this weekend. On Friday, Nov. 3, they take on Portland at 7:00 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium before concluding the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1:00 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw.