Nov. 3, 2006
Five WCC men's soccer players were named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Five of the 12 players honored hail from WCC institutions, with Gonzaga's George Josten and LMU's David Niemeyer receiving recognition for the second straight season. Saint Mary's Alex Christlieb was also named to the list, in addition to Santa Clara teammates Matt Hatzke and Matt Marquess. All five players are now eligible for selection to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team, which will be announced at a later date.
Gonzaga's Josten carries a 3.85 GPA in civil engineering, and the native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was a third team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America selection last season. He is currently tied for the West Coast Conference lead in goals with 9 and points with 22 after leading the WCC in both categories in 2005 with 12 goals and 29 points.
Niemeyer has been on the Athletic Honor Roll Dean's List with GPA over 3.50 all six semesters that he has been at LMU, and he was also the recipient of the Kilp Alumni Scholarship. On the field, Niemeyer is fourth on the team in scoring with three goals and one assist this season. He was named the WCC Player of the Week, and earned a spot on the Harvard Invitational All-tournament team.
Christlieb has had an exceptional year for Saint Mary's once again. The 2005 All-West Coast Conference honorable mention selection was named WCC Player of the Week for his effort in a 1-0 victory over then-No. 11 ranked San Francisco. The Ashland, OR native tallied the game-winner and also was a key on the defensive end in the shutout. On the season, Christlieb has recorded five points on two goals and one assist from the backfield. He will graduate in the spring with a degree in Business Administration and currently sports a 3.57 GPA.
In his third year as a Bronco, Santa Clara's 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. A finance major, Marquess possesses a 3.75 GPA.The selection of five players from the WCC marks the most players from one conference named to the All-Academic Team for District 8.
District VIII All-Academic University Division
Charles Alamo, UC Riverside, GK
Brett Gardner, Oregon State, M
George John, Washington, M
Lucas Egenwall, Oregon State, M
Matt Marquess, Santa Clara, D
Matt Hatzke, Santa Clara, D
Alex Christlieb, Saint Mary's, D
Daniel Leach, Oregon State, D
George Josten, Gonzaga, F
Eugene Brooks, Cal State Fullerton, F
David Niemeyer, Loyola Marymount, F