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John Paul Waraksa Named to America East Men's Soccer All-Academic Team
Cambridge, Mass.--UMBC junior midfielder John Paul Waraksa (Media, Pa./Strath Haven) was one of 11 student-athletes named to the 2009 America East Conference Menís Soccer All-Academic Team.
Waraksa has started all 18 games he has participated in this season and has played the third-most minutes of all field players with 1,516. For his career, the history major has played in 53 games, started 37 and has scored three goals and added five assists.
For the second straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDAís 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 (e.g., 11 on the field for soccer) 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 teamís 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.