Nov. 20, 2006
Fullerton, CA -
Senior forward Eugene Brooks of Cal State Fullerton has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America men's soccer first team.
The announcement was made today by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). The El Paso, Texas, native is a bio-chemistry major with a grade point average of 3.84 on a scale of 4.0. He qualified for the national ballot by making first-team All-District 8 earlier in November.
Brooks is the leading scorer in the Big West Conference with 12 goals and 26 points. He earlier earned first-team All-Big West Conference honors to go with honorable mention status in 2002 and 2005. His goal total tied for eighth best on the Titans' list of single-season totals.
The last Titan to earn academic All-America first-team honors was baseball pitcher Jon Smith in 2000 and 2001.
The first team:
Pos - Name, School - Hometown, GPA, major
GK - Matt Wideman, SMU - Fairview, TX, 3.83, finance (player of the year)
MF - Jeff Stepan, St. John's - Fremont, CA, 3.99, chemistry
MF - Nick Christman, Dartmouth - Falmouth, Mass, 4.00, computer science & mathematics
MF - Tyler Hemming, Hartwick - London, Ontario, Canada, 3.73, sports management
D - Stephan Hall, Albany - Denver, CO, 3.98, urban planning
D - Matt Haney, Delaware - Newark, DE, 3.96, biological sciences
D - Greg Cass, Columbia - Lansdale, PA, 4.09, chemical engineering
D - Devin Sheppard, Campbell -Roxborough, Tobago, 3.95, pharmacy
F - George Josten, Gonzaga - Idaho Falls, ID, 3.85, civil engineering
F - Lukasz Kwapisz, Alabama - Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, 4.0, chemistry
F - Eugene Brooks, Cal State Fullerton - El Paso, TX, 3.84, bio-chemistry
Brooks and Gonzaga's Josten along with third-team forward Chris Wright from New Mexico are the only players on the three teams from schools west of the Rocky Mountains.