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Flying High: Falcons Lead Men's Soccer All-Academic Team
Seattle Pacific's Daniel Ivaldi (left) and Jess Cayetano lead the GNAC Men's Soccer All-Academic Team with 3.97 GPAs.
Seattle Pacific's Daniel Ivaldi (left) and Jess Cayetano lead the GNAC Men's Soccer All-Academic Team with 3.97 GPAs.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – Not only is Seattle Pacific a tough program to compete with on the soccer pitch, they are just as tough in the classroom as the Falcons lead the way on the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team.

The Falcons boast not only the two players with the top grade point averages in the league, but have four players with GPAs above a 3.95. In addition, the program boasts seven players with GPAs of 3.68 or better.

Senior midfielder Jess Cayetano and junior Andrew Ivaldi lead the way. Both players boast a 3.98 GPA for Seattle Pacific, Cayetano as a physiology major and Ivaldi as a psychology major. Cayetano has been a key part of the Falcons’ success this season with two goals and two assists in 12 matches, including 10 starts. Ivaldi has seen limited action in four matches.

The pair is joined by a pair of teammates with 3.97 GPAs. Senior Ryan Higgins has a 3.97 GPA as a business administration major and has started 11 matches this season. Junior Luke Postma is an economics major and started eight matches while playing in 12.

The four lead a total of 51 selections to the annual squad honoring the top academic performers among GNAC soccer teams. To be selected to the squad, a player must be of sophomore athletic eligibility standing or greater in their second season, be a full season rostered player on their team and have a 3.20 cumulative GPA or better at the nominating institution.

The four Falcons lead a list of nine student-athletes with GPAs of 3.80 or better. That list includes Concordia’s Alec Lohr, Montana State Billings’ Alexis Chavez and Western Washington’s Christian Rotter, Garrett Strawn and Cameron Unks.

This year’s squad also features 17 repeat selections. Eight of those are three-time selections including Concordia’s Brady Sanders, Northwest Nazarene’s Collin Raymond, Saint Martin’s Kyle Witzel, Seattle Pacific’s Cayetano, Higgins, Gabe Kellum and Julian White; and Western Washington’s Luke Olney.

Of the 51 All-Academic selections, eight were All-GNAC selections in 2016. Western Washington’s Olney and Northwest Nazarene’s Linus Mannson were first-team honorees while Montana State Billings’ Oliver Posarelli and Saint Martin’s Kyle Witzel were second-team selections.

Western Washington led all teams with 11 GNAC All-Academic selections. Seattle Pacific had 10 while Saint Martin’s had nine honorees.

GNAC 2017 MEN'S SOCCER ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM      
CONCORDIA      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Andres Baeza Pre-Nursing So. 3.29 Hood River, Ore.
Benoit Bouillant Master’s of Business Administration Sr. 3.67 La Haye-Fouassiere, France
Brendan Laun Biology So. 3.26 Elk Grove, Calif.
Alec Lohr Business Sr. 3.97 Nogales, Ariz.
*+ Brady Sanders Biology Sr. 3.45 Chugiak, Alaska
Noah Swigart Biology So. 3.62 Portland, Ore.
Christian Thyron Homeland Security So. 3.21 Vancouver, Wash.
         
MONTANA STATE BILLINGS      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Alexis Chavez Marketing Sr. 3.91 Peoria, Ariz.
JD Hauenstein Finance So. 3.78 Green Acres, Wash.
Guillaume Kremer Management Jr. 3.73 Metz, France
* Tom Lohmann Public Relations Sr. 3.29 Berlin, Germany
Oliver Posarelli Management So. 3.63 Verona, Italy
Victor Sanchez Liberal Studies Sr. 3.21 Portland, Ore.
Chad Triplett Criminal Justice So. 3.26 Edmonds, Wash.
Eli Williams Mathematics Sr. 3.33 Nine Mile Falls, Wash.
         
NORTHWEST NAZARENE      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Rafael Junqueira Financial Economics So. 3.43 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jose Labanino-Ramos Pre-Physical Therapy Sr. 3.70 Las Vegas, Nev.
Linus Mansson Business Administration So. 3.40 Kungsbacka, Sweden
* Alex Mitrovic Marketing Jr. 3.65 Belgrade, Serbia
*+ Collin Raymond Management Sr. 3.30 Galt, Calif.
Cesar Sosa Biology: Pre-Med So. 3.27 Caldwell, Idaho
         
SAINT MARTIN’S      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Steven Chu Business Administration Jr. 3.42 Des Moines, Wash.
Parker Elliott Civil Engineering So. 3.75 Puyallup, Wash.
Collin LaBranche Business Administration So. 3.32 Olympia, Wash.
* Alexis Lopez Business Administration Jr. 3.52 Glendale, Ariz.
Sebastian Navarro Business Administration So. 3.77 Yakima, Wash.
Treyson Ramos Business Administration So. 3.40 Juneau, Alaska
Dylan Shaw Business Administration So. 3.73 Meridian, Idaho
*+ Tim Teipel Mechanical Engineering Jr. 3.58 Vancouver, Wash.
* Kyle Witzel Mechanical Engineering Sr. 3.32 Sedro Woolley, Wash.
         
SEATTLE PACIFIC      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Samuel Agyei Engineering So. 3.69 Everett, Wash.
*+ Jess Cayetano Physiology Sr. 3.98 Portland, Ore.
*+ Ryan Higgins Business Administration Sr. 3.97 Issaquah, Wash.
Andrew Ivaldi Psychology Jr. 3.98 Mishawaka, Ind.
*+ Gabe Kellum Psychology Sr. 3.79 Rennes, France
Trevor Lee Health & Fitness Education So. 3.25 Puyallup, Wash.
Sam Malloch Engineering So. 3.37 Portland, Ore.
* Luke Postma Economics Jr. 3.97 Bellevue, Wash.
Sam Rucklos Communications So. 3.52 Boise, Idaho
*+ Julian White Business Administration Sr. 3.68 Redmond, Wash.
         
WESTERN WASHINGTON      
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Taylor Allen Kinesiology So. 3.27 Russellville, Ark.
* Jose Castillo Kinesiology Jr. 3.33 Bellevue, Wash.
* Stephen Jinneman Electrical Engineering Jr. 3.23 Redmond, Wash.
Jeremiah Lee Business Administration So. 3.58 Marysville, Wash.
Nick Morgan Business Administration So. 3.41 Sammamish, Wash.
*+ Luke Olney Business Administration Sr. 3.43 Enumclaw, Wash.
Nick Phillips Accounting So. 3.58 Bonney Lake, Wash.
Christian Rotter Business Administration So. 3.88 Auburn, Wash.
Connor Seed Manufacturing Engineering So. 3.30 Snohomish, Wash.
* Garrett Strawn Biochemistry Jr. 3.84 Sammamish, Wash.
Cameron Unks Energy Policy & Management So. 3.91 Centennial, Colo.
         
* - 2016 All-Academic Selection + - 2015 All-Academic Selection      
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