Eylander Named To ESPN Academic All-America Third-Team

Nov. 22, 2004

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Washington junior goalkeeper Chris Eylander was named to the 2004 ESPN Academic All-America third-team for NCAA Division I men's soccer, it was announced today. Eylander earns the national honor after garnering first-team All-District honors earlier in the month.

Eylander was the only Pac-10 player named to the first, second or third national teams. He was also one of three players from District VIII to earn national honors. District VIII covers schools in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and the province of British Columbia.

Eylander, from Sumner, Wash., is an engineering major with a 3.58 grade point average. He was also named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first-team this season. Eylander, a first-year starter, is coming off a career season. He registered 10 shutouts in 20 matches, making him just the second player in UW history to record at least 10 shutouts in a single season. Eylander completed the regular season leading the Pac-10 in shutouts (10), saves (77) and saves per game (4.05). He ranked second in save percentage (.837) and shutouts per game (0.53).

Eylander was named Pac-10 Player of the Week Sept. 7, after posting two shutouts and allowing just one goal in the Huskies' first three season-opening matches on the road. Two of the three games were played against teams ranked in the Top-5. The lone goal given up by Eylander was to then-No. 2 St. John's. Eylander also had a string of five shutouts in six games, a span that included shutouts over then-No. 3 California and then-No. 12 UCLA.

The 2004 season came to a close for Eylander and the Huskies with a 5-3 loss to Portland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Nov. 19.