MacLean Earns Academic All-America Honors
Derek MacLean, a senior defender who wrapped up his Pacific Lutheran soccer career last fall, has earned 2009 NSCAA/adidas Men's College Scholar All-America Team honors as announced by the national coaches association.
A biology major with a 3.60 grade point average, MacLean (Burien, Wash. / Kennedy HS) was named to the College Division second team. In December, he earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III All-America third team.
"Derek has been the embodiment of what we would like our student-athletes at PLU to be," said John Yorke, PLU men's soccer head coach. "He has not only been a dedicated student but has worked hard to become the best soocer player he could be. He has represented PLU athletics and the men's soccer team with class and distinction in his four years here and is a great example to our returning athletes of what hard work and discipline can accomplish."
MacLean, a first team All-Northwest Conference and NSCAA first team All-West Region selection, helped the Lutes to a 14-5 overall record during the 2009 season. PLU finished second in the Northwest Conference with an 11-3 overall record.
The 6-1 central defender started all 19 matches for Pacific Lutheran, chalking up three assists and leading the team with 1,652 minutes played. MacLean was a four-year starter for Pacific Lutheran, twice earning second team all-conference recognition in addition to this season's first team selection.
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