CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Five University of New Hampshire men's soccer student-athletes were named to the America East All-Academic team, the conference announced Tuesday.
Headlining the squad is senior midfielder Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H.), a three-time All-Conference honoree, who earns All-Academic recognition for the third straight year. Hilton, a business administration major with a cumulative grade point average of 3.34, started in all 18 games this season, posting career highs in points (10) and assists (6), while also netting a pair of goals. His assist total ranked first among all Wildcats and second in the conference.
Senior back Alex Russell (Harrisburg, Pa.), a history major with a cumulative GPA of 3.37, played in 14 games, making 11 starts this year. Academic success is nothing new for the defender as he was selected as a member of the 2008 and 2009 America East Academic Honor Roll, while picking up Commissioner's Honor Roll honors last year.
Junior back Ryan McNabb (Downingtown, Pa.), a civil engineering major with a 3.87 cumulative GPA, saw action in 17 games including 10 starts this season. Despite this being his first time on the conference All-Academic team, the defender was named to America East Commissioner's Honor Roll each of the last two seasons.
Junior midfielder Gustav Nilsson (Pixbo, Sweden), a business administration major with a GPA of 3.44, appeared in 13 games including six starts this season. Nilsson continues to be a strong student, as he was selected as a member of the 2009 and 2010 America East Academic Honor Roll.
Sophomore back Jeffrey Turner (Blandon, Pa.), an undeclared major with a 3.58 GPA, started in all 18 games this season and posted one assist. Turner picked up All-Rookie team honors and was named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll last season.
The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference's nine member institutions decided to honor the league's top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the fourth straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA's Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine-member institutions.
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time but can be more if there is a tie in voting. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team's games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.