Calvin Men’s/Women’s Soccer Players Receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Honors
Friday, October 30, 2009
Four members of the Calvin women’s soccer team and two members of the Calvin men’s soccer team have received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Honors.
On the women’s side, senior Allison Boender has been named to the Academic All-District IV first team while seniors Kayla Sulzer and Natalie Veurink and junior Elaine Schnabel have been named to the second team.
On the men’s side, seniors Michael Holwerda and Greg Snapper have been named to the Academic All-District IV first team.
As members of the first team, Boender, Holwerda and Snapper advance to the national ballot and are now eligible for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America consideration.
Boender hails from Grandville and is a graduate of Grandville Calvin Christian High School. A three-year starter on defense, Boender was named to the All-MIAA first team a year ago on a Calvin team that allowed just one goal in league play. Boender also provided an impact on offense, recording seven goals along with one assist. In the classroom, Boender carries a 3.90 grade point average while majoring in nursing. She has been a six-time member of the Calvin Dean’s List and a three-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.
Sulzer is from St. Charles, Missouri. She is a graduate of Whitfield High School. A four-year member of the Calvin women’s soccer team, Sulzer has been a mainstay as a goalkeeper. A first team All-MIAA selection and a third team Great Lakes All-Region choice in 2008, Sulzed has taken over the full-time duties in nets this year, compiling a won-loss record of 13-4-0 while sporting a goals-against-average of 0.53. Sulzer currently has a career won-loss record of 32-7-5 in nets along with 12 shutout victories. Sulzer carries a major in political science and a minor in Spanish. She has been a three-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll while maintaining a 3.60 grade point average.
Veurink is from Spring Lake and is a graduate of Muskegon Western Michigan Christian High School. A four-year member of the Calvin women’s soccer team. A year ago, Veurink was named to the All-MIAA second team. A highlight for Veurink came last November in a first round NCAA III Tournament victory over the College of Mount St. Joseph as she scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime. Veurink currently has career totals of 26 goals, 10 assists and 62 points. Of her 26 goals, eight have been game-winners. Veurink carries a double major of nursing and Spanish while carrying a 3.76 grade point average. She is a three-time member of MIAA Academic Honor Roll and in 2007, she was named to the ESPN The Mag. Academic All-District third team.
Schnabel hails from Chesterton, Indiana. She is a graduate of Chesterton High School. A three-year member of the Calvin women’s soccer program and a three-year starter in midfield for the Knights, Schnabel has career totals of 14 goals and eight assists. This year she has six goals and two assists with two her goals serving as game-winners for the Knights who are currently 13-4-0 overall. Schnabel carries a 3.95 grade point average while majoring in English. She is a two-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and a four-time member of the Calvin Dean’s List.
The Calvin women’s soccer team also recently captured its fifth consecutive MIAA title and will host an MIAA Tournament semifinal match next Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. against the winner of a first-round game between Kalamazoo and Hope.
On the men’s side, Holwerda is receiving ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV honors for the second consecutive year as he was a second team selection last fall. A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Holwerda has career totals of 23 goals, 18 assists and 65 points. Howerda has 11 game-winning goals in his career. This year, he has three goals and three assists on a Calvin team that is currently 13-3-1 overall and 8-2-1 in the MIAA. Holwerda carries a double-major of religion and psychology while maintaining a 3.78 grade point average. He has been a regular member of the Calvin Dean’s List and is a three-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.
Snapper meanwhile is from Madison, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Madison West High School. A four-year starter on defense, Snapper was named the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player in 2008 while earning a spot on the All-MIAA first team for the second straight year. As a freshman in 2006, Snapper was named to the All-MIAA second team. He was recently named the MIAA’s Defensive Player of the Week for the fifth time in his career. Last year, Snapper was also named to the Great Lakes All-Region second team. A three-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll and a six-time member of the Calvin Dean’s List, Snapper carries a double-major of Spanish and biochemistry while maintaining a 3.75 grade point average.