Mertins named Academic All-America
Senior lands spot on the Division I third team
November 24, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech men's soccer player Lasse Mertins (Sr., Rotenburg, Germany) was named to the 2003 University Division Academic All-American Team this week as selected by CoSIDA. Mertins, a graduate student in the Pamplin College of Business, was named to the third team. He is the first men's soccer player to earn the accolade and the 28th student-athlete at Virginia Tech named academic all-America.

Mertins, who transferred to Tech last year after finishing an undergraduate degree at Leibniz Akademie in Hannover, Germany, has compiled a 3.96 GPA while majoring in accounting and information systems.

On the field, he is one of the Hokies' top defenders and helped Virginia Tech capture second place in the BIG EAST this year and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the history of the program. He also helped the Hokies advance past Clemson to the NCAA second round as well. Mertins has two goals and two assists for six points and has seven career goals. On defense, he helped the Hokies limit 20 of 21 opponents to two goals or less and just 10 shots per match. He propelled the Hokies to a 14-4-3 record to tie a school record for wins.

Mertins was one of four BIG EAST players named to the three teams. St. Johns' Chris Wingert was named Academic All-American of the Year. Joining Mertins on the third team was: William Hesmer (Wake Forest), Shane Havens (Creighton), Brandon Meyer (IUPUI), Todd Ulrich (Gardner-Webb), Naday Gottesman (Fairleigh Dickinson), Eugene Reynolds (Manhattan), Kevin Sapanli (San Diego St.), Adom Crew (Brown), Neil Jones (UC-Santa Barbara) and Andy Metcalf (Memphis).