Nov. 2, 2007
Five members of LMU men's and women's soccer teams have been named to the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District VIII All-Academic teams, it was announced Thursday. Seniors Adam Sloustcher and Trini Gomez get the accolade from the men's side while seniors Joslyn Slovek and Katie Osborne, along with sophomore Kim Feeney are recognized from the women's.
Sloustcher and Gomez have been named to the CoSIDA All-Academic First Team for District VIII. Sloustcher, a native of Pleasanton, CA, carries a 3.80 GPA while working towards a degree in political science. After transferring from the University of North Carolina his junior year, he had an immediate impact on the Lions. Named captain of the 2007 squad, his leadership and dedication carries far beyond the soccer field.
Gomez, a biology major from Inglewood, CA, and co-captain of the Lions with Sloustcher, has a 3.71 GPA and aspires to continue on to medical school after he graduates from LMU. This is not the first academic recognition of the season for the senior midfielder. He has recently been selected as one of ten candidates nationwide for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. This award looks not just at a player's success on the soccer field, but personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community. Fan balloting for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award lasts through November 16.
Thanks to their selections at the district level, Sloustcher and Gomez will now be eligible for the national ballot.
For the women's team, all three Lions have been recognized to the CoSIDA Academic All District VIII Third Team. Slovek, who carries a 3.45 GPA in business administration, has proven to be one of the best goalkeepers in the WCC. The Scottsdale, AZ native has recorded a career-high nine shutouts this season, putting her atop the West Coast Conference. The 2006 West Coast Conference Defender of the Year, her 27.5 career shutouts, 255 career saves, and 5,783 minutes played all rank second on the LMU all-time lists. A team co-captain in 2007, she is currently ranked 43rd in the nation in goals-against-average and 56th in save percentage at 0.83.
Osborne, co-captain of the 2007 Lions, is working towards a degree in natural sciences and has a 3.46 GPA. Hailing from San Jose, CA, she is second on the team with a career-high five goals and has a career best 12 points. Her 12 career goals tie her for tenth all-time at LMU while she has moved into sole possession of tenth place on the points list with 29.
Sophomore defender Kim Feeney from San Ramon, CA has a 3.94 GPA while working towards a degree in communications studies. Recognized as the 2006 LMU Freshman Female Athlete of the Year, she received an honorable mention all-conference selection and WCC All-Freshman Team honors. This season she has played in a total of 12 games, helping the Lion defense turn in the third-best goals-against-average in the WCC.
CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) selects Academic All-America teams in 12 programs: football, women's volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's track & field/cross country, women's track & field/cross country, men's at-large and women's at-large. A first team, second team and third team are selected in both the University and College Division. To be nominated, the student-athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his or her career.