November 27, 2013

Brandon Fricke Named Academic All-America

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Junior Brandon Fricke has been honored as an Academic All-American. Fricke was one of 12 players chosen to the second team of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's Soccer Team, chosen by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A team captain and three-year starter for the Bulldogs, Fricke is an honor student majoring in Economics/Mechanical Engineering.  In addition to his national honor, he was named to the Capital One Academic All-District V team in both 2011 and 2013.  He was chosen to the Atlantic 10 Conference Academic All-Conference Team a year ago, and he was named to the Academic Honor Roll in both the Horizon League and the Atlantic 10 Conference over the past three seasons.   

This year, Fricke started all 20 matches for the Bulldogs and helped Butler to an 11-8-1 final record and a berth in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship.  He finished tied for sixth on the squad in scoring with a three goals, including the game-winner in Butler's victory over Xavier in the final regular season match.  He also was a key defensive performer for the Bulldogs, helping the team record six shutouts.  The Grimes, Iowa, native was named to the All-Tournament Team at the NIU adidas Invitational, and he was chosen BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 11.

Fricke is the sixth Butler men's soccer player to earn Academic All-America recognition and the first since 2011 when both Ben Sippola and Conner Burt were named to the national honor squad.  Other Butler players to earn the honor were Michael Mariscalco (2002), Patrick Reilly (2005) and Paul Mongillo (2006).  Burt (2010 & 2011) is the only Butler player to be named Academic All-America twice.