Nov. 9, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Army senior midfielder Tanner Robertson and Black Knight junior defender Mitch Johnson were among the 11 Patriot League men's soccer student-athletes named to the conference's Academic All-League Team, it was unveiled by the league office on Wednesday.
It marks the second straight season that Robertson and Johnson have been included on the prestigious unit, which takes into consideration performance both on the field and in the classroom. In order to be considered for inclusion on the team, student-athletes must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and be a starter or key contributor. Freshmen are not eligible for this honor.
Robertson, who was one of three Army players to start all 18 matches this season, listed among the Black Knights' leaders with two goals, five points, 25 shots and 11 shots on goal. A native of Redmond, Ore., Robertson boasts a 3.565 GPA as a Mathematical Sciences major. He has especially shined academically over the last three years, posting an average GPA of 3.781 since the beginning of his sophomore year.
Robertson, who served as one of the Black Knights' team co-captains this season alongside fellow senior Jeff Pickett, finishes his Army soccer career with seven goals and five assists for 19 points.
Johnson, who made the switch from the midfield to the defensive third this year, played in 12 games this season and drew seven starts for the Black Knights. He was part of an Army defense that limited foes to 1.61 goals per game and posted three shutouts. The Dublin, Ohio, product has forged a 4.103 GPA in Mechanical Engineering since arriving at the Academy.
Johnson, who is currently ranked eighth academically in his class of 1,188, has copped a plethora of academic awards during his three years at West Point. He has received the Superintendent's Award for ranking within the top five percent of his class in academic GPA, physical GPA and military GPA. Twice he was named a Dean's Penthathlete for recording grades higher than an "A-minus" in every class, including academic, physical education and military science courses.
Army finished the 2011 campaign with a 7-10-1 overall record (2-4-1 PL). The Black Knights' seven victories are the most since the 2007 team won nine games. Army's two Patriot League wins are the most since the 2006 Black Knights won three conference contests. Army's sixth-place finish in the Patriot League standings is its highest since placing fifth in 2006. Army accumulated seven points in conference games, the highest total for the Black Knights since the Patriot League adopted the points system beginning in 2007.