Men’s soccer places five on Academic All-MAC team

Dusty Page
Dusty Page

Five members of the Northern Illinois University men’s soccer team were named to the Academic All-MAC Team announced by the league office Thursday.

Redshirt junior Andrew Glaeser (Walla Walla, Wash./Walla Walla/Oregon State), sophomore Richard Hall (Billericay, England/The Billericay School), sophomore Adam Lightner (O’Fallon, Mo./Fort Zumwalt West), sophomore Derek Ott (Cross Plains, Wis./Middleton) and senior Dusty Page (Germantown, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) each earned conference academic recognition.

“I’m really pleased for all five of our guys who have been awarded Academic All-MAC,” said NIU head coach Eric Luzzi.

“Having over 20 percent of our roster earn an all-conference award like this is a great statement for our program as a whole. Individually, Andrew, Richard, Adam, Derek and Dusty are all great representations of what the term ‘student-athlete’ should mean. Their commitment to excellence as students and as players makes them so enjoyable to work with and I appreciate the opportunity to coach them.”

Glaeser, a mechanical engineering major with a 3.96 GPA, appeared in 16 matches for the Huskies in goal, making 56 saves, second-most in the MAC, while recording four shutouts, tied for second-most in the conference.

Hall, a mathematics major with a 3.81 GPA, made 16 appearances during the 2014 season, including 13 starts. Hall scored two goals and registered three assists to finish tied for third on the team with seven points.

Andrew Glaeser
Andrew Glaeser

Lightner, a mathematics major with a 3.5 GPA, appeared in 14 matches, including a pair of starts, playing primarily central midfield for the Huskies.

Ott, an accountancy major with a 4.0 GPA, played in 16 matches and made seven starts. Ott tallied an assist in a 4-1 victory over SIU Edwardsville on Oct. 22.

Page, a finance major with a 4.0 GPA, started all 17 matches for NIU, recording a goal and an assist. In addition to conference academic recognition, Page also earned Capital One Academic All-America Second Team honors in 2014.

Academic All-MAC student-athletes must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of their team’s contest for the season.

For more information on NIU men’s soccer and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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