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Men's Soccer Boasts Three Academic All-MAC Selections

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 01/08/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Three members of the 2011 Western Michigan men's soccer team were recognized for their work on and off the field, garnering Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors. Both redshirt senior Pat Schiffer and junior Kai Mendes earned the honor for the second straight year, while sophomore Derek Schrauben was chosen in his first year eligible. WMU tied for the most honorees among the league's institutions and the three selections are the most for the Bronco program since 2007.

A total of 14 student-athletes were named to the team The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics and is voted on by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50% of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

Western Michigan posted a 6-12-3 overall record in 2011, going 2-2-2 in conference play. The Broncos appeared in the MAC Tournament for the third straight season and finished as tournament runners-up for the second year in row. WMU knocked off then-defending national champion Akron in the MAC semifinals, defeating the Zips in PKs.

Pat Schiffer
Year: RSr.
GPA: 3.58
Double Major: aviation flight science and aviation administration
Hometown/High School: Ovid, Mich./Ovid-Elsie

MAC All-Tournament Team selection ... team captain, played in 20 games, starting eight, including last five of season ... scored four goals and had two assists for 10 points, setting career highs across the stat column ... tied for second on the team in goals and third in points ... made second PK in WMU's 4-3 shootout win over No. 1 seed Akron in MAC Semifinals ... as part of aviation flight science and aviation administration double major, averaged six hours per week piloting Cirrus SR-20 aircrafts ... received commercial multi-engine aircraft license in September and is completing ground training for certified flight instructor (CFI) certificate.

Kai Mendes
Year: Jr.
GPA: 3.79
Major: international business
Hometown/High School: Grand Rapids, Mich./Rockford

Second Team All-MAC selection and was named MAC Player of the Week (11/8) ... team captain, played and started in 20 games ... totaled four goals and six assists for 14 points ... led Western Michigan in points, assists, shots (55), shots on goal (28) and was second in goals scored ... ranked fifth in the MAC in assists, seventh in points and third in shots taken ... scored winning goal in 2-1 regular season finale against Bowling Green (11/5), helping WMU secure MAC Tournament bid ... six assists this year gives Mendes 20 for career, moving him into top five all-time at WMU.

Derek Schrauben
Year: So.
GPA: 4.00
Major: business
Hometown/High School: Lake Orion, Mich. (Lake Orion)

Played in all 21 games, starting 17 in Bronco midfield ... scored one goal and had three assists ... netted goal at IPFW... assisted two game-winning goals ... took 12 shots, placing five on frame (.417) ... made third PK in WMU's 4-3 shootout win over No. 1 seed Akron in MAC Semifinals ... maintains highest GPA on team.

2011 Men's Soccer Academic All-MAC Team

Chad Barson, Akron
Scott Caldwell, Akron
David Meves, Akron
Brandon Silva, Bowling Green
Michael Wiest, Bowling Green
Joachim Hansteen, Florida Atlantic
Darnell King, Florida Atlantic
Jherrett Maroney, Hartwick
Greg Mathers, Hartwick
Pat Thompson, Hartwick
Michael Mascitti, Northern Illinois
Kai Mendes, Western Michigan
Pat Schiffer, Western Michigan
Derek Schrauben, Western Michigan