Schilawski Earns Second Straight ACC Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award
Feb. 24, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - For the second straight season, former Wake Forest standout Zack Schilawski has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced on Wednesday afternoon by ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford.
Schilawski graduated from Wake Forest in December with a degree in biology. A two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American First Team selection, Schilawski graduated with a 3.556 GPA. The 2009 NSCAA/adidas Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Schilawski is a three-time member of the ACC Honor Roll and is on the ACC Men's Soccer All-Academic Team for the third time.
A native of Cary, N.C., Schilawski finished the 2009 season with an ACC-leading 14 goals and 35 points. A 2009 All-ACC First Team choice, Schilawski led Wake Forest to a 17-4-3 overall record and the team's fourth straight trip to the College Cup. Schilawski was drafted by the New England Revolution with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
Opara currently has a 3.117 GPA while majoring in communication. The Durham, N.C., native was named the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, marking the second straight season he received the award. A consensus first team All-American in 2009, Opara scored three goals and two assists during his junior year and was a part of seven shutouts on the season. He was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes with the third overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Lichtfuss graduated from Wake Forest in December with a 3.365 GPA while earning a degree in business and a minor in health policy. A 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team selection, Lichtfuss started 22 games for the Demon Deacons in 2009 and contributed on nine shutouts. He also added an assist during his senior year.
ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic Team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during his academic career.