Academy on Campus: Rapids alumni heading into Conference Championships

An update on Rapids Academy alumni playing in Division I schools across the country

Rapids Academy alumbus Zach Bolden with University of Denver

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Courtesy DU Athletics

A total of 22 Rapids Academy products are on rosters around the NCAA Division I ranks, and Academy on Campus is a weekly recap of their performance.

For most teams in the NCAA, the regular season has closed and conference tournaments are starting this week, and many Rapids products will be playing important parts for the their teams in the postseason.

Read on for individual reports on the Rapids Academy players and their college teams.

Avery Ball – Wright State (6-9-2) – Freshman midfielder from Fort Collins did not make an appearance for the Raiders during the regular season. The Raiders will face Cleveland State in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Season Stats: Yet to make an appearance

Zach Bolden – University of Denver (11-3-3) – Senior midfielder from Denver enjoyed a late-season surge, scoring in five of the Pioneers’ final six matches (all wins). He is DU’s leader in both goals (7) and assists (8) at the conclusion of the regular season. The Pioneers are the top seed heading into the Summit League Tournament after finishing with a 6-0-0 record in league play, and will face IUPUI on Friday, Nov. 15 in Macomb, Ill.

Season Stats: 16 games played, 16 starts, 7 goals, 8 assists

Alex Braman – St. Mary’s (CA) College (6-8-4) – Freshman defender from Niwot has started in every one of the Gaels’ matches during the regular season, and currently leads the team in scoring with five goals and an assist. St. Mary’s will play a pair of West Coast Conference matches this weekend, visiting Portland and Gonzaga.

Season Stats: 18 games played, 18 starts, 5 goals, 1 assist

Ben Braman – St. Mary’s (CA) College (6-8-4) – Freshman defender from Niwot is one of just three players on the Gaels’ roster to start each of the team’s 18 matches so far, and he has two assists on the season. St. Mary’s will play a pair of West Coast Conference matches this weekend, visiting Portland and Gonzaga.

Season Stats: 18 games played, 18 starts, 0 goals, 2 assists

Josue Chavez – Lipscomb University (8-8-2) – Sophomore midfielder from Longmont finished the regular season having played 11 matches (10 starts), scoring a goal and adding an assist before an ankle injury prematurely ended his season. The Bisons finished as the #3 seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference, and will face #6 Jacksonville in a first round match on Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Season Stats: 11 games played, 10 starts, 1 goal, 1 assist

Andrew Epstein – Stanford University (8-6-3) – Freshman goalkeeper from Fort Collins has not made an appearance for the Cardinal this season, with a senior and returning starting goalkeeper getting all of the minutes this season. Stanford finishes the regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 13 against Cal, hoping to earn an NCAA bid.

Season Stats: Yet to make an appearance

Michael Gottlinger – Iona College (10-6-2) – Freshman defender from Fort Collins closed the regular season having played in three matches, starting two. The Gaels closed the season strong with seven wins in their final eight matches, and enter the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament as the number 3 seed, facing Quinnipiac in Fairfield, Conn. on Friday, Nov. 15.

Season Stats: 3 games played, 2 starts, 0 goals, 0 assists

Chris Gurule – University of New Mexico (11-4-2, #23) – Redshirt freshman defender from Longmont finished the regular season having played in six games, including several starts near the end of the season. His team closed the season on a hot streak, winning six of its final seven matches. The Lobos are the #1 seed in the Conference USA tournament, earning a first round bye, and will open play in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15.

Season Stats: 6 games played, 0 goals, 0 assists

Karsten Hanlin – University of Denver (11-3-3) – Sophomore forward from Centennial finished the regular season as a near-constant presence in the lineup for the Pioneers, scoring one goal. DU is the top seed heading into the Summit League Tournament after finishing with a 6-0-0 record in league play, and will face IUPUI on Friday, Nov. 15 in Macomb, Ill.

Season Stats: 15 games played, 13 starts, 1 goals, 0 assists

Brad Holub – UNLV (7-9-1) – Freshman goalkeeper from Golden did not made a regular season appearance for UNLV, and is behind a senior and a redshirt junior on the depth chart. The Rebels will visit Colorado this weekend to play in the quarterfinals of the WAC tournament at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Season Stats: Yet to make an appearance

Eric Kronenberg – University of Denver (11-3-3)   – Freshman forward from Boulder finished the regular season with three goals in 13 appearances, all coming off the bench. The Pioneers are the top seed heading into the Summit League Tournament after finishing with a 6-0-0 record in league play, and will face IUPUI on Friday, Nov. 15 in Macomb, Ill.

Season Stats: 13 games played, 0 starts, 3 goals, 0 assists

Joseph Kuzminsky – Alabama-Birmingham (12-4-1, #17) – Redshirt freshman goalkeeper from Denver finished the regular season having played in four matches, starting one. One of his appearances came with just seven seconds left, facing a penalty kick after the starting goalkeeper received a red card. The Blazers open the Conference USA tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 13 by facing Charlotte on the road. 

Season Stats: 4 games played, 1 start, 3.71 goals against average, 9 saves

Ricardo Perez – Creighton University (9-7-2, #25) – Freshman forward from Fort Collins has appeared in each of the Blue Jays’ matches this season, scoring twice. Creighton will open play in the Big East tournament by visiting Providence on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the quarterfinals.

Season Stats: 18 games played, 8 starts, 2 goals, 0 assists

Jason Pillard – Wake Forest University (9-4-5, #13) – Freshman defender from Niwot did not make a regular season appearance for the Demon Deacons. Wake opens the ACC tournament against Virginia on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Season Stats: Yet to make an appearance

James Rogers – University of New Mexico (11-4-2, #23) – Junior forward from Fort Collins was the second leading scorer on his team with six goals and five assists, and played in every regular season match for New Mexico. His team closed the season on a hot streak, winning six of its final seven matches. The Lobos are the #1 seed in the Conference USA tournament, earning a first round bye, and will open play in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 15.

Season Stats: 17 games played, 6 goals, 5 assists

Austin Seifert – Wright State (6-9-2) – Freshman forward from Colorado Springs appeared in 12 games in the regular season, scoring a goal and adding an assist. The Raiders will face Cleveland State in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Season Stats: 12 games played, 1 goal, 1 assist

Patrick Slogic – Cornell University (7-5-4) – Senior defender from Colorado Springs has started each of the Big Red’s games this season, and is tied for the team lead in goals, with three. Cornell closes its regular season on Nov. 16 against Columbia.

Season Stats: 16 games played, 16 starts, 3 goals, 2 assists

Drake Stewart – Wright State (6-9-2) – Senior forward from Colorado Springs finished the regular season having appeared in 12 games. The Raiders will face Cleveland State in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Season Stats: 12 games played, 0 goals, 0 assists

Matthew Taphorn – Central Arkansas (4-11-2) – Junior defender from Denver was a mainstay in the Bears’ lineup during the season, playing in all but one match this season. The Bears finished the season last weekend, finishing short of a spot in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.  

Season Stats: 16 games played, 15 starts, 0 goals, 0 assists

Cameron Taylor – Cornell University (7-5-4) – Freshman midfielder from Littleton has played in six matches for the Big Red, all starts, so far this season. Cornell closes its regular season on Nov. 16 against Columbia.

Season Stats: 6 games played, 6 starts, 0 goal, 0 assists

Alex Toderica – University of Denver (11-3-3) – Freshman forward from Longmont finished the regular season with one goal in eight substitute appearances, earning more minutes late in the season. The Pioneers are the top seed heading into the Summit League Tournament after finishing with a 6-0-0 record in league play, and will face IUPUI on Friday, Nov. 15 in Macomb, Ill.

Season Stats: 8 games played, 0 starts, 1 goal, 0 assists

Bryan Windsor – Princeton University (6-9-1) – Freshman midfielder from Boulder missed the bulk of the season with an injury but recovered to start the Tigers’ match on Nov. 5 against American University. Princeton closes their regular season against Yale on Nov. 16.

Season Stats: 5 games, 1 start, 1 goal, 0 assists