Matt Shump

DURHAM, N.H. - Matt Shump (Durham, N.H.), a junior back on the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team, has been voted onto the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team, announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Named one of the team's captains before the 2005 season, Shump led the Wildcats to a 9-5-3 overall record, the best record for UNH since the 2002 season. As a member of the backline, he helped New Hampshire earn a 0.57 goals against average, the lowest in the 42-year history of the men's soccer program.

Shump also contributed to the team's success on the offensive end, tying for the team lead with three assists this season. He picked up his first career point against Furman on Sept. 16 and followed that up with assists at Maine on Oct. 5 and against Hartford on Nov. 2.

Academically, Shump is a mathematics major who has appeared on the America East Fall Academic Honor Roll in both 2003 and 2004. He has twice received the Walter Weiland Award as the team's most dedicated player, and has been named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2003 UNH NIKE Fall Soccer Classic, the 2004 America East Postseason Tournament, and the 2005 UNH NIKE Fall Soccer Classic.

Shump is one of four America East players to be voted onto the first team in District I, which includes the New England states as well as New York. He, along with the other members of the first team, will now appear on the ballot for Academic All-America consideration with the first team honorees from the other seven districts.

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