Eight Santa Clara student-athletes earned spots on the West Coast Conference Fall All-Academic team for stellar performance on the field and in the classroom.
Men’s soccer led the way with seniors Matt Hatzke, Peter Lowry, and Matt Marquess. An accounting major, Hatzke was also named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. Pro soccer fans can look forward to seeing him on the turf too: He was drafted in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft.
WCC Player of the Year Lowry studied finance and led Santa Clara with eight goals and seven assists. In addition to many accolades, including making the NSCAA All-Far West Region First Team, Lowry was nabbed by the Chicago Fire in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft.
Marquess, a finance major, made the WCC All-Academic Team two years running. He appeared in 67 straight games for the Broncos, and the defender even notched his first career goal this year. An All-WCC Honorable Mention player, he was picked by the Kansas City Wizards in the third round of the SuperDraft.
Other team members were sophomore Kiki Bosio from women’s soccer, who led the way in GPA with a sparkling 3.86; senior Michael Delaurenti and sophomore Alex Harkins from men’s cross country; sophomore Annie Murphy-Hagan from women’s cross country; and sophomore Lauryn Dowd of women’s volleyball.