Three Named to NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-West Team
Dec. 22, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Three Santa Clara men's soccer student-athletes were recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for their achievements on and off the field. Senior Brian Martin and juniors Ross Smith and Jeff Cosgriff were named to the NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-West Region team. It is a first-time honor for all three athletes.
Martin was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII team earlier this season. The Milwaukee, Wis. native owns a 3.90 cumulative grade-point-average as a Finance major. A three-year letterwinner for the Broncos, he started in 14 of 20 games, missing the final six due to a knee injury. He finished the season tied for second on the team with two goals. He scored his first goal of the season against then-No. 16 Illinois-Chicago and then converted a penalty kick against UW-Milwaukee to help the Broncos to a 2-1 win. He brought his career to a close with six goals, nine assists and 21 points.
Smith played a huge role in the Broncos defense this season. He saw action in 19 of the Broncos' 20 games, starting in 15. As an accounting major, he has compiled a 3.89 cumulative GPA. The Pleasanton, Calif. native scored his lone goal of the season and the second of his career against then-No. 16 UIC. He also dished out an assist on Stephen McCarthy's game-tying goal against San Jose State.
Cosgriff proved to be an offensive and defensive threat for Santa Clara this season and was one of just two Broncos to see action in all 20 contests. An All-West Coast Conference honorable mention, Cosgriff finished the season tied for first on the team in goals (3) and second on the team in points (8). His first goal of the year was against Loyola-Chicago (Aug. 20), his second goal came against then-No. 16 UIC (Sept. 1) and his final goal was the game-winner against San Diego (Oct. 19). Cosgriff also dished out two assists this season and was named WCC Player of the Week on Oct. 20. The San Bruno, Calif. native has a 3.50 cumulative GPA as an Economics major. He will enter his senior season in 2009 with nine goals, two assists and 20 points.