Ritchie Earns More Academic Honors

Feb. 5, 2002

Seattle - Washington soccer player Bryn Ritchie earned yet another academic award when he was named to the Verizon Academic All-America second team announced today. Just two weeks ago Ritchie was named the NSCAA/adidas National Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's college soccer.

Ritchie, from Medford, Ore., currently carries a 3.64 grade point average and is majoring in business and international studies.

As part of an overall expansion of the Verizon Academic All-America program, a men's soccer team was selected in the first time in the history of the program. To be eligible, an athlete must be a starter and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20. Sports information directors from across the country select the team.

The honor caps a career that saw Ritchie, a team captain in 2001, excel both on and off the field. A two-time all-America honoree as a junior and senior, he helped lead the Husky men's soccer team to three consecutive conference titles, including the first-ever Pac-10 Conference championship last year. His teams earned invitations to the NCAA Tournament each year, adding to a string of seven consecutive postseason appearances by the Huskies and making Washington one of only seven schools in the country to own such a streak.

A four-year starting defender, Ritchie is a two-time All-Pac-10 Conference First Team honoree for his efforts on the field and a two-time first team all-academic selection for his efforts in the classroom.

Washington finished the 2001 season with a record of 13-6-0 overall and 4-4-0 in the Pac-10. After receiving a first round bye, the Huskies met Northwest rival Portland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where the Pilots won, 1-0, at Husky Soccer Field.

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