Feb. 2, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
The Army men's soccer team was honored by the Patriot League on Thursday for its work in the classroom last semester as seven Black Knights were named to the conference's Academic Honor Roll.
The listing included a total of 97 Patriot League men's soccer student-athletes. To be eligible for the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average during the semester of their sport's competition.
Army junior Mitch Johnson, who was named to the Academic Honor Roll for the third year in a row, posted the highest grade point average (GPA) among Patriot League men's soccer student athletes. The Mechanical Engineering major registered an incredible 4.206 GPA during the fall semester, and has topped the conference each of the last three years. Johnson was one of nine Patriot League men's soccer student-athletes to post a GPA of 4.000 or better last fall.
Johnson played in 12 matches for the Black Knights last season, and was a key part an Army defense that posted a 1.61 goals-against average and three shutouts.
Senior Carson McReynolds was also included on the Academic Honor Roll for the third time after authoring a 3.740 GPA during the fall. McReynolds appeared in 17 of Army's 18 matches last fall. The versatile midfielder picked up an assist in Army's season-opening contest versus Marist.
Senior Tanner Robertson and junior Michal Fiuk were each recognized by the league for the second time in their careers. Robertson, a Mathematical Sciences major, earned a 3.555 GPA, while Fiuk, who is studying Economics, recorded a 3.888 GPA.
Robertson was one of just three Black Knights to start all 18 games in 2011. The four-year performer finished the year with two goals and one assist for five points. Fiuk, meanwhile, served as a backup goalkeeper for Army.
Senior Blaz Marolt and freshmen John Marinelli and Winston Boldt were both named to the Academic Honor Roll for the first time in their careers. Marolt, who joined the Black Knights as a walk-on this season, forged a 3.333 GPA as a Military History major. Marinelli (3.616) and Boldt (3.678), who both posted outstanding marks in their first semester at West Point, have still not declared a major.
Marolt was a reserve midfielder for the Black Knights, while Marinelli and Boldt split time in goal for Army. Marinelli, who started the first 13 games of the year, finished the season with a 1.67 goals-against average and two shutouts en route to a 5-8-0 record. Boldt started the final five games of the season and authored a 1.48 GAA and .724 save percentage to go along with one shutout.
Army finished the 2011 campaign with a 7-10-1 overall record (2-4-1 PL). The Black Knights' seven victories were the most since the 2007 team won nine games. Army's two Patriot League wins were the most since the 2006 Black Knights won three conference contests. Army's sixth-place finish in the Patriot League standings was its highest since placing fifth in 2006. Army accumulated seven points in conference games, the highest total for the Black Knights since the Patriot League adopted the points system beginning in 2007.