Valparaiso placed eight student-athletes across five sports on the Horizon League Fall Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office this afternoon.
The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits. A total of 53 student-athletes were recognized from the league's nine institutions, with Valpo's eight ranking as the second-most honorees from a single school.
Men's Soccer (2)
Tom Serratore (Sr./Jr.) - In his first year as starting goalkeeper, finished third in the league in shutouts (4) and fourth in GAA (1.13) and saves/game (3.71). Posted shutouts in Valpo's final two league games to help squad make the HL Championship. Owns a 3.751 cumulative grade point average as a physical education and secondary education major.
Todd Vervynckt (Sr.) - Tallied two goals and two assists in 2013 in 15 games playing out of the midfield, scoring goals in wins over Michigan State and IUPUI. Owns a 3.986 cumulative GPA as a mechanical engineering major. Named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American as a senior following Third Team honors as a junior.
Women's Soccer (2)
Rita Craven (So.) - Led Crusaders in assists and finished tied for the team best in points. Scored match-winner for Valpo versus DePaul, the program's first-ever win over a major conference program, and also netted the game-winner against Youngstown State. Owns a 3.952 cumulative GPA as a biology major.
Kristen Manski (Sr.) - Second Team All-Horizon League honoree at goalkeeper. Led league in shutouts (8) and GAA (0.78). Closed career as Valpo's all-time leader in shutouts (30) and GAA (0.85), which rank second and fifth, respectively, in league history. Owns a 3.745 cumulative GPA as a psychology major.
Morgan Beil (Jr.) - Earned All-Horizon League honors for a third straight year. Finished season fourth in the league with a .296 hitting pct., fourth-best single-season mark in Valpo history. Earned three All-Tournament honors in 2013, including MVP at the Popcorn Classic. Owns a 3.561 cumulative GPA as an elementary education major.
Sarah Dooms (Sr.) - An All-Horizon League honoree. Led Crusaders in kills and finished second on the team in digs, ranking sixth in the league in the latter category. Closed her career fourth in Valpo history in digs and seventh in kills. Owns a 3.820 cumulative GPA as a communication major with a public relations concentration.
Men's Cross Country (1)
David Rutkowski (Jr.) - Led the Crusaders in five out of six races over the course of the 2013 season. Ran a season-best 8K time of 26:04 at Bradley. Placed 20th at the HL Championships. Owns a 3.753 cumulative GPA as a mechanical engineering major.
Women's Cross Country (1)
Jessica Richardson (Jr.) - Paced the Crusaders in all six races in 2013. Earned First Team All-Horizon League honors for the second straight season with a seventh-place finish at the HL Championships. Owns a 3.875 cumulative GPA as an economics and mathematics major.