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Eight Bruins Earn CSC Academic All-District Honors

Nov 15, 2022
Photo: Ross Turteltaub

LOS ANGELES – Five members of the UCLA women's soccer team and three members of the UCLA men's soccer squad have been selected to the 2022 Academic All-District® Teams. The honorees are recognized by the College Sports Communicators for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

On the women's side, Brianne Riley earned her second consecutive honor, while Lauren Brzykcy, Jackie Gilday, Quincy McMahon and Lilly Reale have earned their first academic all-district awards.

On the men's side, junior defender Tommy Silva was selected for the second consecutive year while sophomore goalkeeper Nate Crockford and sophomore defender Pietro Grassi earned their first-ever academic all-district honors.

Brzykcy, a graduate student in the school of education, is a three-time All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll selection, a 2020 All-American and the 2020 Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year. The San Clemente, Calif. native currently leads the Pac-12 in goals against average (0.51), save percentage (.845) and wins (18) and ranks second in shutouts (7 solo, 5 shared). She ranks in UCLA's all-time Top 5 in career shutouts (27) and wins (54).  

Gilday, a senior midfielder and Physiological Science major from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., is a two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar honoree and Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll selection. She has represented her team on the UCLA All-Academic Team in each of the last three years. Gilday has played in 17 games this season, making four starts, and scored her first career goal on Senior Day.

Sophomore defenders McMahon and Reale pick up their first career academic awards. McMahon, who hails from Carmel, Ind., is a 2022 first-team All-Pac-12 honoree who ranks third on the team with five assists this year. Reale, from Hingham, Mass., is the 2022 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection.

Riley, a senior defender and Communication major from San Clemente, Calif., has recorded three assists in 19 games this season. In her career, she has played in 74 games, with 44 starts and is a two-time Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll member.

Silva has been a standout on the field and in the classroom ever since arriving on campus. He's been named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team in each of his three seasons in Westwood, including Second Team honors in each of the last two campaigns, and has qualified for the UCLA Director's Honor Roll each quarter he's been on campus. Silva was men's soccer's representative on last year's UCLA All-Academic Team, as the student-athlete in the program with the highest cumulative GPA. The Tucson, Ariz. native has recorded 32 points (9-14-32) over 48 career games with the Bruins.

Crockford has emerged as one of the top goalies on the west coast in 2022, his first year as the full-time starter. The Northfield, Ill. native enters the NCAA Tournament ranked first in the Pac-12 in shutouts, saves, and save percentage. A strong student as well, Crockford qualified for the UCLA Director's Honor Roll all three quarters last year.

Grassi meanwhile has been a central figure for a Bruin back line that has allowed fewer than a goal per game this season. He also potted his first-career goal this season, against Grand Canyon on Sept. 5. He was an All-Region selection as a freshman last season, and was the only underclassman in the country to make the Hermann Trophy Watch List ahead of the 2022 campaign. Like Crockford, he made the UCLA Director's Honor Roll each quarter during his debut season in Westwood.

Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.