Men’s Soccer Team Caps Successful Year In The Classroom

Butler celebrated one of the most successful men’s soccer seasons in school history last fall.  This spring, the team added to that ledger of success by completing one of its best academic campaigns ever!

The Butler men’s soccer team compiled a 3.302 team grade point average during the fall, while capturing the Horizon League regular season title and advancing to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship for the fifth time in school history.  The Bulldogs were ranked in the “Top 25” during the season and finished with a 14-3-2 record, matching the third-highest win total in school history.

This spring, the Bulldogs boosted their team grade point average to 3.353.  Half of Butler’s players compiled a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and 18 members of the squad were named to the Butler Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (3.2 GPA or higher).  Junior defender Conner Burt was named first team on the 2009 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, and senior forward Boris Gatzky (pictured on main page) was selected to Beta Gamma Sigma honorary society for juniors, seniors and MBA’s.  Burt, Gatzky, senior goalkeeper Fabian Knopfler and junior midfielder Ben Sippola were chosen to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll.

Butler also received a Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches of America Association, and Burt, Gatzky, Sippola, senior goalkeeper Nick Hegeman and junior defender Brett Heinz were chosen second team NSCAA Scholar All-Region.