Eight UM-Dearborn men’s soccer players earn WHAC All-Academic honors; Konja named to Champions of Character team

Brody Hall awaits a throw-in during a UM-Dearborn men's soccer game. (Photo courtesy of the Hall family).
Brody Hall awaits a throw-in during a UM-Dearborn men’s soccer game. (Photo courtesy of the Hall family).

By JERAMY STOVER, Staff Reporter

The term student-athlete has been used in different meanings lately in college sports.

But for eight members of the University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s soccer team, hitting the books is just as important as hitting the field.

The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference named its All-Academic team at season’s end. According to a release on UM-Dearborn’s athletic website, the Wolverines honored were Brody Hall, Zack Lefebvre, Michael Masserant, Chris Porreca, Nick Schultz, Nate Szymkowicz, Alek Vasilevski, and Kosai Zaya.

In order to make the team, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25.

Zaya said it “feels good” to achieve the award. The junior from Detroit played in 12 games this season.

Hall, a freshman, was happy he made the team and had his name next to other good players in the WHAC.

“Looking at some of the names of some good players that made the team around the conference, (it) was a really good feeling to be among them,” Hall said. “I know I won’t always be able to play, and I’m here to go to school first, then play soccer.”

All of the players except Szymkowicz will return next season for UM-Dearborn.

The Character of Champions team was also named last week, and Mario Konja was the Wolverines’ recipient. In order to be named to the team, an individual must embody the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.

In 10 games this season, Konja scored a goal and an assist.