ATLANTA, Ga. - The ASUN Conference announced Lipberty's Ruben Garcia as the 2019 Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Garcia highlighted the 12-person All-Academic Team on Thursday night, announced at the ASUN Men's Soccer Virtual Banquets held in Newark, N.J. and Fort Myers, Fla.
A senior from Madrid, Spain, Garcia is the first student-athlete from Liberty to earn the Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolade. Garcia is a two-time member of the All-Academic Team after earning the honor last year as well. He owns a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA as an Interdisciplinary Studies major at Liberty. This season, Garcia started in all 17 matches for the Flames and has started in 40-straight matches overall. He helped Liberty earn the final spot in the upcoming ASUN Championship at the No. 6 seed.
The All-Academic Team recognizes student-athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom. All members of the team boast a 3.30 cumulative grade point average or better and participated in at least half of their team's games.
2019 ASUN Men's Soccer All-Academic Team
Ruben Garcia, Liberty (Senior | 4.00 | Interdisciplinary Studies) - #
Jahan Rajaee, FGCU (Senior | 3.72 | Environmental Engineering)
Austin Eager, Lipscomb (Senior | 3.96 | Mechanical Engineering) - #
Noah Gulden, Lipscomb (Sophomore | 4.00 | Management)
Ben Locke, Lipscomb (Junior | 4.00 | MBAE)
Daniel Mühlbauer, Lipscomb (Senior | 4.00 | International Business) - ^
Rene White, NJIT (Junior | 3.54 | Business) - #
Padraic Gilley, North Florida (Sophomore | 3.65 | Mechanical Engineering)
Torian Went, North Florida (Senior | 3.84 | Spanish & International Studies) - #
Finn Busmann, Stetson (Senior | 3.91 | Marketing) - #
Chris DeGance, Stetson (Senior | 3.83 | Finance) - #
Gabriel Diniz, Stetson (Senior | 3.71 | Finance) - #
# - Denotes second time selected to the all-academic team
^ - Denotes third time selected to the all-academic team
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