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Point Park men's soccer has program-best five NAIA Scholar-Athletes

Dec. 4, 2012 at 12:40 p.m. ET

Dziak5x7  Gwosden5x7  Kapur5x7  Malle5x7  Pilkinton5x7
Point Park's Daktronics-NAIA Men's Soccer Scholar-Athletes (L to R): Matt Dziak (14), Brett Gwosden (3), Anil Kapur (25), Phil Malle (15) and Jack Pilkinton (10).


PITTSBURGH -- The Point Park University men's soccer team had a program-best five players named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Men's Soccer Scholar-Athletes. There were a total of 315 NAIA men's soccer players named to the list this year, and the honorees were announced last week at the NAIA national tournament in Montgomery, Ala.

The Pioneers had the most honorees since the Point Park men's soccer program was established in 1989. This year beats out the previous high of two that was achieved last year. Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes are juniors and seniors with a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Making the grade for the Pioneers (11-7-0, 4-0-0 KIAC) this year were seniors Jack Pilkinton (3.9, Journalism) and Phil Malle (3.7, Accounting) and juniors Anil Kapur (3.7, Sports, Arts & Ent. Mgmt), Matt Dziak (3.5, Criminal Justice) and Brett Gwosden (3.5, Accounting).

Point Park had three starters make the academic honor, and they coincidentally were all defenders -- Pilkinton (D), Dziak (D) and Gwosden (D). Malle was the only one of the group who earned the award for a second time.

For a complete listing of the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, click the link below.