As if top-25 rankings and conference players of the week werent enough, the Fort Lewis College soccer program proved yet again just how smart its product is.
On the same day the national rankings were released and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference weekly accolades were announced, the RMAC also bestowed 16 All-Academic honors to the FLC soccer programs.
For the second consecutive week, the FLC men are ranked No. 1 in Division II soccer in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America top 25 poll.
The FLC women were ranked 21st in the nation.
Ryan Wirth, the Skyhawks starting goalkeeper on the mens side, was named the RMAC Defensive Player of the Week.
The FLC women earned 10 RMAC All-Academic nods.
The FLC men put six players on the RMAC All-Academic team.
Five Skyhawks were named to the first team:
Berekk Blackwell, senior, defense, 3.80 grade point average in business administration, finance. (Blackwell was a unanimous first-team selection.)
Sara Egbom, senior, midfield, 3.70 GPA in accounting.
Hayley Hollenga, senior, forward, 3.37 GPA in business administration, management.
Fabian Kling, senior, defense, 3.39 GPA in exercise science, sport administration.
Megan Striedel, sophomore, midfield, 3.98 GPA in exercise science, physiology.
Five Skyhawks were named to the second team:
Jordan Alexander, sophomore, forward, 3.35 GPA in English, communications.
Emma Cannis, sophomore, forward, 3.51 GPA in business administration, tourism and resort management.
Joey Madigan, senior, midfield, 3.45 GPA in exercise science, sport administration.
Serena Mancha, junior, defense/midfield, 3.91 GPA in general biology.
Madyson Wellcome, sophomore, defense, 3.77 GPA in public health.
For the FLC men, Johannes Sander and Daniel Wilson were named honorable mention.
For the FLC women, Jane Barden, Shea Haycock, Allison Knewitz and Amanda Raso were named honorable mention.
We are always proud of our girls who can find the balance between academics and athletics, FLC womens soccer coach Damian Clarke said in a news release to The Durango Herald. We ask a lot of these ladies, and they continue to impress us all both on and off the field.
On the field, the FLC mens soccer side is 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the RMAC.
Wirth, a Bayfield High School alumnus, led the Skyhawks to a pair of 1-0 shutouts last week, including a victory over No. 18 Metro State on the Roadrunners home pitch in Denver.
Weve watched the rankings change so much the last couple of weeks that its nice to hold onto the No. 1 spot, third-year mens head coach Oige Kennedy said in a news release. We just want to make sure were still No. 1 in the RMAC and control the conference.
Colorado Mines is ranked 23rd, and Regis received votes in this weeks poll.
Regionally, the FLC men are ranked first in the Central Region, followed by Metro State, Colorado Mines, Regis and UC-Colorado Springs.
The FLC women (9-1-3, 6-1-2 RMAC) played a pair of nationally ranked opponents last weekend on the road and finished 0-1-1 a surprisingly lopsided 4-0 loss at No. 15 Colorado Mines in Golden and a 2-2 draw at Metro State in Denver, which dropped out of this weeks top 25 but still received votes in the rankings.
Regionally, Minnesota State-Mankato, the No. 8 team in the country, is ranked first in the Central Region womens rankings, followed by Colorado Mines and a three-way tie between Metro State, FLC and Winona State.