Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s soccer teams again showedtheir dominance in the classroom in addition to their performances on the field as both teams garnered the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Awards. Senior Erik Hallenbeck also earned individual honors as he was named Second-Team NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American.
Penn is one of only 20 schools across all divisions (NCAA I, II and III) that had both teams win the award the past three seasons and it is the fifth consecutive honor for the Quakers. The men’s team recorded a grade point average (GPA) of 3.20, the fifth-highest among NCAA Division I programs, while the women’s team earned a 3.25 GPA.
Hallenbeck was also named Second-Team NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic for the second time in three seasons. A strong defender, Hallenbeck earned first-team All-Ivy status for the third-consecutive year and Philadelphia Soccer Seven All-Star accolades for the second-straight season. In each of his three seasons with the Quakers, the Laguna Hills, Calif. native has been a first-team All-Ivy pick. Since joining the team in the 2002 season, Hallenbeck, a team captain, did not miss a single start in 51 games, recording an assist.
The Red and Blue concluded 2004 with a 7-8-2 overall record and a 3-3-1 mark in the Ivy League to finish tied for fifth.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.