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George Josten and Matt Hatzke Earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Honors

Nov. 19, 2007

Gonzaga University senior forward George Josten has been named to the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America men's soccer first team for the second straight year.

Josten carries a 3.83 GPA in civil engineering.

It is the third straight Academic All-America honor for Josten, who was a third-team selection in 2005. He becomes just the third three-time Academic All-America selection in Gonzaga athletic history. Men's basketball players Bryce McPhee and Jeff Brown are the others. McPhee was a third-team pick in 1983, a second-team selection in 1984 and a first-team honoree in 1985. Brown was named to the third team in 1992 and was a first-team selection in 1993 and 1994, capping his career by being named the Academic All-American of the Year in 1994. Josten and Brown are the only two-time first-team picks in Bulldog history.

Josten, a native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, paced the Bulldogs in scoring with 17 points while leading the Bulldogs in goals (5) and assists (7). His 34 career goals tie him with Brian Ching for third on the all-time Gonzaga charts, his 17 assists rank third and his 85 points rank fourth.

Santa Clara University men's soccer senior Matt Hatzke was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American today. Hatzke helped the Broncos to one of their best regular seasons ever, while also performing at a high level in the classroom.

"This is a great honor for Matt," said head coach Cameron Rast. "He works so hard for us on the soccer field, but he also puts forth a tremendous effort academically. He is very deserving of this recognition and this type of honor makes me more proud because he excelled in two different areas, not just on the field."

Hatzke has had an outstanding final season on the Mission Campus, helping SCU post a 15-1-4 regular season record. The team won the West Coast Conference for the second straight year and finished the conference season unbeaten at 10-0-2 to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Broncos are in the midst of a 17-game unbeaten streak that has seen them rise to No. 3 in the nation.

The San Jose native overcame an early season injury to appear in all 20 games mainly as the left back. He scored one goal and notched three assists, while helping the Broncos lead the league with a 0.62 goals against average and nine shutouts. A solid defender, Hatzke also has the ability to get forward and contribute offensively.

In the classroom, Hatzke has been equally as impressive. He has a cumulative GPA of 3.72 as an accounting major in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara.

Hatzke has twice been named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII (2006, 2007) and has earned WCC All-Academic honors on two occasions. In 2006, he was also an NSCAA Scholar All-Far West Honorable Mention selection.