Nov. 14, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford had a conference-high 12 players recognized Wednesday as the Pac-12 announced its All-Academic Teams.
To be eligible for selection to the all-academic teams, a student-athlete must own a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 and be either a starter or significant contributor to his team.
Leading the Cardinal players named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team was senior defender Dersu Abolfathi (3.72 cumulative grade-point average), who earned his third straight first-team call. He was joined by fellow senior Hunter Gorskie (3.56), who made his debut on the first team after being named to the second team in 2011 and honorable mention in 2010, along with junior defender Ty Conklin (3.69) and redshirt sophomore midfielder Austin Meyer (3.71).
First-team All-Pac-12 performer Adam Jahn (3.36) headlined four Cardinal players named to the second team. For Jahn it was his third time being recognized after earning honorable mention the past two seasons. Senior midfielder/forward Eric Anderson (3.46) earned his second call to the second team, to which he'd previously been named in 2010, sandwiching an honorable mention in 2011.
The seniors were joined on the second team by junior goalkeeper Drew Hutchins (3.40) and redshirt freshman midfielder Eric Verso, both men making their debuts on the conference's all-academic roll call.
The 12 Cardinal players helped the team to a 9-8-1 overall mark in 2012, as well as a 5-4-1 Pac-12 mark (16 points), good for third place on the Pac-12 table. The Cardinal ended the season in fine form, going 6-3-1 and taking 19 of a possible 30 points over its final 10 matches.