Trio of Men's Soccer Standouts Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District I Team

Trio of Men's Soccer Standouts Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District I Team

Vinny Papageorgiou, Tom Reilly and Victor Goncalves now to be considered for Academic All-America Team                                           

RINDGE, N.H. (November 9, 2011) – A trio of Franklin Pierce University men’s soccer standouts were named to the 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District I Team on Wednesday for their impressive achievements on the field and in the classroom. The trio included senior goalkeeper Vinny Papageorgiou (Wilmington, Mass.), senior back Tom Reilly (Wallasey, England) and senior forward Victor Goncalves (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The trio will now move on for consideration for the 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.

To be eligible for the Academic All-District Teams, a student-athlete must be a starter or significant contributor and maintain a grade point average of 3.30 or higher. First-year student-athletes are not eligible for the academic team.

Papageorgiou, who boasts a 3.40 grade point average in his major of sports and recreation management, was named the Northeast-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Year last week, as voted on by the league’s head coaches. He has backstopped the Ravens to a 19-0-1 record this season, while posting a goals against average well below 1.0, which ranks as one of the best in the nation. He has also posted 12 shutouts during the season, including shutting out the opposition in all three of Franklin Pierce’s matches in the NE-10 tournament last week.

Reilly, who owns a 3.50 GPA in business, was named the NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year last week after producing a solid regular season offensively and defensively. He has scored three goals during the season while also anchoring one of the top defensive units in the nation. The CoSIDA recognition was the latest in a long line of academic achievements for Reilly, who last season was named the NE-10 Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Goncalves, who has a 3.61 GPA in his major of business, was placed on the All-NE-10 First-Team a week ago after ranking among the league leaders in goals and points. His work in the classroom as has been recognized over the past three seasons, including also being named to the NE-10 Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team and the NE-10 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.

The three senior standouts have helped guide the 2011 Ravens men’s soccer team to one of the finest seasons in program. The 19 wins this year are tied for the most victories in a single season in program history, while the 20-consecutive matches without a loss is the longest such streak in the program’s history as well. Franklin Pierce also captured the NE-10 regular season and tournament championship for the second-consecutive season.

The Ravens, ranked No. 2 in the NSCAA Division II National Top-25 Poll, are the No. 1 seed in Super Region 1 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, which begins with the first round on Thursday. Franklin Pierce has a first-round bye in the regional, but returns to action on Saturday in the second round as the Ravens will face either NYIT or St. Thomas Aquinas. The match will be held at 7 p.m. in Sodexo Field in Rindge. Tickets will be available at the gate and are $8 for adults, $4 for college students (along with valid school ID) and seniors, and $1 for children (ages 2-12). Children under two years of age are admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult. The first 75 Franklin Pierce students who present their college ID at the gate will have the cost of their ticket paid for, courtesy of the Department of Athletics.

For more information on Franklin Pierce men’s soccer, please visit the team’s page at athletics.franklinpierce.edu(.) To follow the program even further, please visit Franklin Pierce Athletics on YouTube (www.youtube.com/FranklinPierceSports), Twitter (www.twitter.com/FPUathletics) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceAthletics).