Nov. 29, 2012
2012 Academic All-America Team
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University junior Bryan Ciesiulka has been named to the Capital One Academic All-AmericaÂ® Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced Thursday.
A central midfielder from Naperville, Ill., the Golden Eagles co-captain becomes just the second men's soccer student-athlete in program history to collect Academic All-America honors; Scott Ziemba garnered first-team recognition in 1995 and 1996.
Ciesiulka [pronounced SHA-shull-kah], who boasts a 3.8 cumulative grade point average majoring in Mathematics and Education, directed one of the most potent offenses in the nation, leading the Golden Eagles to a 16-4-2 overall record in 2012 and an appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship as the No. 7 overall seed.
He was also named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and was a College Sports Madness second team All-American while scoring five goals this past season and his nine assists tied for the team lead.
MU, which won its first 12 matches, was ranked as high as No. 2 in the country by Soccer America and the Golden Eagles finished the campaign ranked among the national leaders in points per game, goals and assists.
This is the first Academic All-America nod for Ciesiulka, who collected Capital One Academic All-DistrictÂ® accolades earlier this month to advance to the national ballot. He has previously been honored as a BIG EAST Academic All-Star and was also an integral part of a 2011 BIG EAST Blue Division championship squad that recently earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
Ciesiulka was one of two players from the BIG EAST Conference (Harrison Shipp, Notre Dame) to receive recognition for the prestigious award, and Marquette was the only school in the state of Wisconsin to be represented on this year's Academic All-America first, second or third teams.
In addition to his efforts on the pitch and in the classroom, Ciesiulka is organizing a service event through the Feed My Starving Children organization. With the help of the Marquette Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, he is fundraising for meals for up to 100,000 hungry and malnourished children and organizing a staff of up to 500 volunteers to help pack the meals for shipping. The "MobilePack" event is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2013, on Marquette's campus. To learn more, visit Fundraising.FMSC.org/Marquette.