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Nate Micklos '06 was named a third-team All-American after a 14-goal season in 2003.

Members of the men's soccer team at the University are perfect examples of academic achievement and athletic accomplishments.

For the third straight year, in 2003, the Yellowjackets won the NSCAA/Adidas Team Academic Award, presented by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Rochester had the highest cumulative GPA (3.51) in the nation among all baccalaureate colleges.

On the field, the Yellowjackets won the ECAC Northeast Regional Championship for the fourth consecutive year.

Many of the key individuals who formed that academic and athletic success return in 2004--three key forwards, five highly skilled midfielders, and two strong defenders--to a group that was 14-4-3 a year ago.

Head coach Chris Apple '92 clearly likes what he sees--and he understands the academic and athletic rigors of wearing Rochester colors. Apple was an All-American as a sophomore and senior at Rochester, and an Academic All-American as a junior.

"I feel good about our group," he says. "We'll have to learn a lot [in pre-season] because we bring in 12 newcomers. It's going to be an ongoing process to come together and play as a unit."

Opposing teams found Rochester's defense tough to crack. The Yellowjackets allowed one goal--or none--in 34 of the last 41 games. Steve Maltzman '06 returns in defense, along with Mike Springer '05 who spent a year up front.

Rochester's midfield is led by Ben Cross '05, the leading scorer in 2002 who was hurt last year. Cross, an All-Region and All-UAA honoree in 2002 is joined by Jeremy Goico '06, who was an All-UAA pick last year.

Up front, goals should come from the craftsmanship of Gary Stom '06 and Nate Micklos '06. Stom scored six goals and had six assists. Micklos earned All-American honors after netting 14 goals and four assists last year. He had five gamewinning goals. Tyler Green '07 scored three goals last year--two in the ECAC semifinal victory over Plattsburg, then the gamewinning goal in overtime against SUNY Geneseo.

The Yellowjackets play five home games between September 1 and 11. Rochester hosts Alfred on September 1 at 7 pm. The signature home game could be the September 10 match against St. Lawrence University, a perennial NCAA contender.

Other teams to watch

Sixteen starters are returning to the football team, which won three of its last four in 2003 and finished 5-5. . . . Women's volleyball comes off a semifinal appearance in the ECAC playoffs. . . . Women's soccer reached the ECAC championship game in 2003. . . . Field hockey, with a strong class of returning players, will make a run at a Liberty League playoff berth. . . . Last winter, both men's and women's basketball made the NCAA playoffs again, with the women finishing third in the nation. Both return veteran teams for the 2004-05 season.

Tune in

WYSL Radio 1040 AM will broadcast all 19 UAA men's and women's basketball games as well as all 10 University football games. The broadcast can be heard over the station's Web site. A link will be placed on the Rochester football and basketball pages at www.rochester.edu/living/athletics.



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