Budka, Casiano, Kabeiseman, Hocken and Silva all earn All-MAC academic recognition
ANNVILLE, Pennsylvania (February 1, 2022) – Stevens Institute of Technology women’s soccer graduate student Kaitlyn Casiano and senior Brynn Budka joined a graduate student in men’s football Cristiano HockenSenior Adam Silva and second Fritz Kabeisemann by being named to their respective sport’s All-Middle Atlantic Academic Conference teams, the league office announced Tuesday.
The award honors 12 male soccer student-athletes and 13 female soccer student-athletes from MAC Freedom and MAC Commonwealth programs. A student-athlete must have a fall semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or higher to be eligible for the award and nominated student-athletes are voted on by the sports communications offices of the 18 conference member institutions. .
Budka was a key part of the Ducks defense who conceded just 17 goals in 21 games and ranked 65th in Division III (out of 423 teams) in goals-against average (.771). The Limerick, Pa., native also scored with an assist, including the game-winning goal in the Ducks’ 2-1 MAC Freedom semifinal win at DeSales. A second all-region Team United Soccer Coaches selection, Budka earned a 3.93 GPA as a biomedical engineering major.
Casiano, the MAC Freedom Defensive Player of the Year, is a multi-season captain for the women’s soccer program. The Phoenixville, Pennsylvania native helped the Ducks post eight clean sheets, while scoring two goals, including a game-winning one. The two-time all-conference selection finished fourth on the team in minutes played (1,535) and finished his career with 81 straight starts. In class, the mechanical engineering major posted a perfect 4.0 mark in the fall semester.
Kabeiseman helped anchor the Ducks defense that was the stingiest in the MAC Freedom, allowing 15 goals in 22 games (0.68), a number that ranked 17th in Division III. The Ducks have posted 12 shutouts and will enter the 2022 season with a scoreless streak of nearly 575 minutes. The Portland, Oregon native also finished with two goals and two assists, including a winner. In class, the second-team all-region selection, Kabeiseman earned a 3.93 GPA as a business and technology major.
Hocken, a two-time MAC Freedom Offensive Offensive Player of the Year, led the Ducks with six goals and six assists, bringing his career total points to 55. The New Providence, New Jersey native, who also won his second career in the first team. nod to the conference, finished with four wins and had a pair of multi-goal outings. The second-team all-region selection earned a 3.22 in-class GPA as a mechanical engineering major.
Silva earned his first All-MAC academic selection after finishing second on the team with eight points, while earning a 3.95 GPA in the fall semester as a mechanical engineering major. The United Soccer Coaches all-region first-team selection scored three goals with two assists and won a game and landed in the MAC Freedom first-team for their third career honor in all conferences.
The five student-athletes are honored for the first time.
2022 All-MAC Academic Women’s Soccer Team
|Julia Beck||Misericordia||Second year|
|Kaitlyn Casiano||Steve||Graduate student|
|Amanda Croce||FDU-Florham||Graduate student|
|Maddy Hartman||Lebanon Valley||Graduate student|
|Jenna Skurcenski||Messiah||Second year|
|Emma Sweitzer||Misericordia||Second year|
2022 Men’s Soccer All-MAC Academic Team
|Fritz Kabeisemann||Steve||Second year|
|Sean Fatiga||Expander||Second year|
|Cristiano Hocken||Steve||Graduate student|
|Lucas Strange||Lebanon Valley||Junior|
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