Four Bruin Soccer Players Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Honors

Nov. 20, 2006

Four UCLA men's soccer players were honored for their classroom achievements, being selected to the Pac-10 All-Academic teams. Senior goalkeeper Eric Reed earned second-team honors, while junior defenders Greg Folk and Mike Zaher and sophomore forward Maxwell Griffin received honorable mention acclaim.

Reed, who holds a 3.28 cumulative grade point average in Religious Studies, was named to the second team for the second consecutive year. He was also an honorable mention selection in 2004 as a sophomore. Reed, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 honoree this year, has posted two shutouts in NCAA Tournament play and five overall. He holds a 1.05 goals against average (GAA) this season and a 0.78 career GAA.

Folk and Zaher earned their second consecutive honorable mention nods. The defensive duo has been outstanding for the Bruins this season, leading the team to five shutouts, including two in the NCAA Tournament. Folk leads the team in minutes played with 1,945 and has started in all 21 games, scoring one goal and two assists. Zaher, a first-team All-Pac-10 honoree, has started in 20 games and ranks second on the team in minutes played with 1,894. He has scored two goals with two assists. Griffin was UCLA's leading scorer prior to his season-ending injury on Sept. 22. He scored five goals with one assist in just eight games.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.

Pac-10 Men's Soccer All-Academic Team
First Team
Scott Bolkan, STAN* Jr. 3.64 Human Biology
Lucas Egenwall, OSU Sr. 3.83 Business Administration
Kevin Forrest, WASH* Jr. 3.47 Business Administration
Brett Gardner, OSU* Jr. 3.92 Business Administration
Rylan Hawkins, WASH RS Fr. 3.95 Computer Engineering
George John, WASH So. 3.66 Business Administration
Freddy McDonald, SDSU Jr. 3.69 Chemistry
Dan Shapiro, STAN* Jr. 3.86 Economics
Bret Shimizu, STAN* Sr. 3.50 Management Science & Engineering
Galen Thompson, STAN Sr. 3.47 Religious Studies
Nick Webb, OSU Jr. 3.70 Exercise & Sport Science

Second Team
Michael Brown, STAN Sr. 3.31 Urban Studies
Ryan Callahan, OSU So. 3.65 Business Administration
Tally Hall, SDSU Sr. 3.31 Kinesiology
Tracy Hasson, OSU So. 3.51 Business Administration
Matthew Holtrust, CAL RS Sr. 3.31 Political Science
Bryan Jordan, OSU Sr. 3.29 Business Administration
Daniel Leach, OSU So. 3.65 Psychology
Evan Morgan, STAN Jr. . 3.57 International Relations
Ryan Oblak, STAN Jr. 3.30 Math & Computer Science
Eric Reed, UCLA Sr. 3.28 Religious Studies
Mason Webb, OSU Jr. 3.33 Psychology

* - two-time all-academic selection

HONORABLE MENTION: Josh Cameron, So., OSU; Alex Christensen, Jr., OSU; Packy Deenihan, So., OSU; Matt Fischer, Sr., WASH; Greg Folk, Jr., UCLA; Maxwell Griffin, So., UCLA; Ty Harden, Sr., WASH; Nick Hatzke, RS Sr., CAL; Kyle Hency, RS Jr., STAN; Tim Jones, So., STAN; Joey Loreth, So., OSU; Michael Nieraeth, So., CAL; Bobbak Talebi, Jr., WASH; Mike Zaher, Jr., UCLA.

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