Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lycoming Men's Soccer - Solecki earns Academic All-American honors

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After becoming the first Lycoming College men’s soccer player to earn two First Team Google Cloud Academic All-Districts, senior goalkeeper Chris Solecki (Hainesport, N.J./Lenape) became the first Lycoming College men’s soccer player to earn Academic All-American honors, earning a slot on the Google Cloud Third Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA) announced on Tuesday, Dec. 4. 


CoSIDA Academic All-American Men's and Women's Soccer Teams are released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. In order to be eligible to be named to an All-American team, you must be named to the First-Team All-District.

Solecki, a biology: anatomy and physiology major, is the college’s 28th All-American and the fifth in the last three years, joining Austin Mital (2016, football), Brandon Conrad (2017, ’18, wrestling) and Erik Wagner (2017, football).

A First Team All-MAC Commonwealth and Third Team United Soccer Coaches All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection, Solecki led the Warriors to 14 wins and the first NCAA Championship at-large bid in program history. He finished second in the MAC Commonwealth in goals against average (.702) and save percentage (.841). He had a career-high nine shutouts, including a double-overtime, 0-0, tie against top-ranked Messiah College in the MAC Commonwealth Championship.

A two-time all-conference selection, Solecki finished his career at the top of the record books as one of the best goalkeepers in program history. He set single-season program records for wins (19) and goals-against average (0.52) in 2017.  He holds the school’s record for career goals-against average (0.66) and he is tied for second in wins (36) and shutouts (20.1).

Solecki helped his graduating class win 61 games, tying the 2017 class for the most in program history.
The Warriors finished 15-4-2 overall and 6-2 in the MAC Commonwealth under sixth-year coach Nate Gibboney. The Warriors also recorded a school-record sixth-straight winning season.

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