Dec. 17, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Men's Soccer continues to earn national attention for the program's success in the classroom this season. Captains Jannis Opalka and James Beeston have been named NSCAA Third Team Scholar All-Americans, while also being named Scholar All-East Region selections along with teammates Falko Friedrichs, Daniel Alderstad and Sean Sullivan.
Opalka and Beeston were two of just 28 Division I student athletes to be named Scholar All-Americans and two of only three MAAC honorees along with Loyola's Stephen Dooley who was also a Third Team selection. Also named a Third Team Scholar All-American last season, Opalka was one of just eight repeat selections nationally.
Opalka and Beeston were also named to the NSCAA's Scholar All-East Region Second Team along with Friedrichs, while Alderstad and Sullivan were Honorable Mentions.
A native of Stade, Germany, Opalka is set to graduate as the most academically decorated student athlete in program history. Boasting a 3.90 GPA while majoring in Management, Opalka earlier this season was the first student athlete in program history to be a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award and was a Capital One Academic All-District selection and MAAC All-Academic Team honoree.
Siena placed a program record 10 student athletes on the MAAC All-Academic Team this fall including Beeston (3.55 - English Education), Friedrichs (3.58 - Finance), Alderstad (3.57 - Management) and Sullivan (3.28 - Management).
These honors add to an already impressive list of accolades for the Saints both on and off the pitch this season. Recently the Saints received an NSCAA Team Academic Award for posting a 3.38 GPA this season - the 12th highest amongst all Division I teams.
On the field, the Saints finished with one of the most productive seasons in program history, posting a 10-7 overall record and placing second in the MAAC with a 6-1 conference mark.
About the NSCAA
Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Kan., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community.
The NSCAA is the world's largest soccer coaches' organization with members at every level of the game. The membership is primarily made up of coaches, but also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members ways to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.