Three members of the Colorado College men’s soccer team — Theo Hooker ’18, Cam Stopforth ’18, and Keenan Amer ’19 — were rewarded for their dedication to academic and athletic excellence by earning a spot on CoSIDA’s Academic All-District Men's Soccer Team and now are eligible for Academic All-America consideration.
“High academic standards continue to be set in the men's soccer program,” head coach Scott Palguta says. “Theo, Cam, and Keenan have been exemplary both on the field and in the classroom.
“It's become the norm to see these three — as well as many of our other players — studying tirelessly in hotel lobbies at all hours during our fall road trips. Their strong grade-point averages and significant on-field contributions make them outstanding candidates for recognition on the national level. It's always nice to see hard work rewarded.”
Hooker, a mathematical economics major who owns a 3.557 grade-point average, added to his list of academic awards that includes being named a Scholar All-American by the United Soccer Coaches and a three-time member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.
On the pitch, Hooker holds the program goalkeeping records with 35 shutouts and 51 career victories. He also is second with a 0.63 goals-against average and fifth with 215 saves. This season, Hooker led the SCAC with an .841 saves percentage and tied for first with nine clean sheets and a 0.65 GAA.
Stopforth, who has a 3.848 GPA as a molecular biology major, has earned multiple appearances on the college’s Dean’s List and a spot on the conference’s Academic Honor Roll during both seasons in which he was eligible.
In his final season as a Tiger, Stopforth set personal single-season highs with four goals, six assists, and 14 points. He tied for fourth in the conference in assists and tied for sixth averaging 0.30 assists per game. Stopforth factored in six of CC’s 11 game-winning goals, scoring two and assisting on four others.
An organismal biology and ecology major with a 3.863 GPA, Amer earned a spot on the SCAC Academic Honor Roll during each of his first two seasons.
Amer was a force at both ends of the field during the recently completed season. He helped anchor the Colorado College defense that tied for first in the conference with a 0.61 overall goals against average and finished second with 10 shutouts. In the offensive third, Amer tied for third on the team with four assists and tied for fifth with six points, both of which were single-season highs.
It marks the fifth time in the last seven years the CC men's soccer program has had two or more players advance to the national ballot.
The 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
Colorado College finished the season with an 11-4-5 record and a 9-2-3 mark in the SCAC.