IRVING, Texas – Conference USA's commitment to excellence, both on the field and in the classroom, continues to show as 12 men’s soccer student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Conference USA All-Academic Team. FIU, Memphis, South Carolina and Tulsa each produced two selections to the team, while Kentucky, Marshall, UAB and UCF each had one player honored.
Memphis senior Andreas Guentner is a three-time selection to the All-Academic Team with his 3.90 GPA as an international business and German double major. Guenter started in all 16 matches he played, serving as a team captain for the second year in a row. Junior Mark Sherrod is also a repeat selection to the all-academic team, as well as a two-time C-USA Offensive Player of the Year honoree. As the team’s leading scorer with 28 points for the season, he took a league-best 84 shots and led the conference with eight goals against C-USA opponent. Sherrod maintains a 3.48 GPA as a civil engineering major.
FIU senior defender Anthony Hobbs was another of five repeat honorees on the the All-Academic Team with a 3.76 GPA as a recreation and sport management major and a business administration minor. A six-time Dean’s List selection, Hobbs is currently a finalist for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award and was named to the all-conference third-team this season. Hobbs is joined on the all-academic squad by teammate Joseph Dawkins, who has the same major and minor with a 3.78 GPA.
Tulsa senior Jake Dobkins repeated his spot on the all-academic squad as he maintains a 4.0 GPA as a management major. Dobkins started every match in the back for TU, but also scored the game-winner against UMKC. He is a three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medalist. Teammate Mark Pais joins him on the squad, as one of two all-academic selections with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Pais was named the all-conference third-team goalkeeper and registered five shutouts and 63 saves on the season.
For the sixth year in a row, South Carolina has placed multiple student-athletes on the All-Academic Team. Senior co-captain Kevin Stam and sophomore Braeden Troyer represent the Gamecocks on the 2012 squad. Both started every game this season, with Troyer earning all-conference second-team honors while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. Stam is a social work major with a 3.84 GPA to earn the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal. He was also honored by the University earlier this season as part of the “No Limits” campaign.
UCF senior midfielder A.J. Nelson repeats the honor with his 3.63 GPA in finance. A CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in 2011, Nelson has recorded three assists this season, including the helper on the game-tying goal against Memphis.
UAB senior Reed Matte is an anthropology major and was co-captain of this year’s Blazer squad. A second team all-conference defender, he anchors a back line that has been ranked among the best in school history the last three seasons.
Juniors Jack Van Arsdale of Kentucky and Zach Hunter of Marshall round out the 2012 C-USA All-Academic squad. As goalkeeper, Van Arsdale was a second team all-conference selection with a goals against average of 1.14 and a grade point average of 3.79 as an exercise science/pre-med major. Hunter made his return to the Herd after sitting out last year with an injury to play every game but one in the midfield this season.
The 2012 Conference USA Men’s Soccer Championship, hosted by UAB, is currently underway at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. Regions Park is also the site of the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Men’s College Cup. The semifinals will be played at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. CST. The championship match is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. CST and will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.
A complete listing of the 2012 Conference USA Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team is below:
2012 CONFERENCE USA MEN’S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
Name / School / Class / GPA / Major
Joseph Dawkins / FIU / Senior / 3.78 / Recreation & Sport Management (Business Administration)
*Anthony Hobbs / FIU / Senior / 3.76 / Recreation & Sport Management (Business Administration)
Jack Van Arsdale / Kentucky / Junior / 3.79 / Exercise Science & Pre-Med
Zach Hunter / Marshall / Junior / 3.74 / Chemistry & Math
**Andreas Guentner / Memphis / Senior / 3.90 / International Business & German
*Mark Sherrod / Memphis / Junior / 3.48 / Civil Engineering
Kevin Stam / South Carolina / Senior / 3.84 / Social Work
Braeden Troyer / South Carolina / 4.00 / Mathematics
*Jake Dobkins / Tulsa / Senior / 4.00 / Management
Mark Pais / Tulsa / Senior / 4.00 / Business
Reed Matte / UAB / Senior / 3.43 / Anthropology
*A.J. Nelson / UCF / Senior / 3.63 / Finance