APPLETON, Wis. -- Nine Lawrence University hockey players have been named All-American Scholars by the American Hockey Coaches Association.
The nine players honored for their academic achievement during the 2016-17 academic year are goaltender Evan Cline (Freeland, Mich.), forward Ryan Eardley (Ile Bizard, Quebec), forward Nick Felan (Highlands Village, Texas), defenseman Felix Henriksson (Helsinki, Finland), defenseman Daniel Gysi (Basel, Switzerland), defenseman Matt Montemurro (Glenview, Ill.), defenseman Brad Mueller (Oak Park, Ill.), forward Jake Roeper (Thiensville, Wis.) and goaltender Mattias Soderqvist (Stockholm, Sweden).
"We couldn't be more proud of these young men," Lawrence coach Mike Szkodzinski said. "Being able to balance a rigorous academic program along with our demanding hockey schedule is quite an accomplishment. Earning this award shows the character and work ethic each of them possess, and these are character traits that will make them successful in all aspects. They have set the bar extremely high for all future Lawrence hockey players."
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete needed a minimum 3.6 grade point average during the 2016-17 academic year and must have played in at least 40 percent of his team's games. This is the inaugural year for the award.
This caps an amazing year for off-the-ice accomplishments for the Vikings. Lawrence also had 10 players named to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team and three Lawrence players won the "The Pitch," a competition in the Fox Valley similar to the television show Shark Tank. The team of Soderqvist, Eardley and Henriksson won for their software application called Tracr, which automates parts of forensic asset analysis, and pocketed a $10,000 prize.
Lawrence is currently on a break for the holidays and returns to action at MSOE on Jan. 5.