Academy on Campus: Which Alumni are heading to the NCAA Tournament?

Four former Academy players lead DU to Summit League Championship, NCAA Div. 1 Tourney

University of Denver wins 2013 Summit League Championship

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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.

While many teams around the country closed their seasons last weekend, others will be going on to the NCAA tournament, including the University of Denver, which won the Summit League Championship behind the strong play of several Rapids alums, including hat-trick hero Zach Bolden.

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

IN NCAA TOURNAMENT:

Zach Bolden – University of Denver (13-3-3) – Senior midfielder from Denver had a phenomenal weekend, helping the Pioneers capture the Summit League Championship after a 5-0 win over IUPUI in the semifinal, and a 1-0 victory against Western Illinois in the championship match. Bolden had a hat-trick against IUPUI, the first DU player in more than three years to do so. He was also named to the Summit League All-Tournament Team, alongside teammate and fellow Rapids Academy alum Karsten Hanlin. His 10 goals and 9 assists make him DU’s all-time single season leader in both categories. The Pioneers will have a difficult road ahead in the NCAA tournament, facing perennial powerhouse and #17th-ranked Louisville on the road in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Season Stats: 18 games played, 18 starts, 10 goals, 9 assists

Andrew Epstein – Stanford University (9-6-3) – Freshman goalkeeper from Fort Collins did not made an appearance for the Cardinal during the regular season, with a senior and returning starting goalkeeper getting all of the minutes this season. Stanford earned an NCAA bid as an at-large team, joining the tournament for the first time since 2009. The Cardinal will host Loyola Marymount University on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Season Stats: Yet to make an appearance

Chris Gurule – University of New Mexico (11-5-2, #25) – Redshirt freshman defender from Longmont made an appearance as a substitute in the Lobos’ 3-0 loss to Tulsa in the Conference USA semifinal on Friday, but New Mexico did earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. In addition, the Lobos were given a top 16 seed for the tournament, giving the team a first-round bye. New Mexico will face either William & Mary or George Mason on Sunday, Nov. 24 at home. This is the third straight year New Mexico has earned a top 16 seed, and its 11th appearance in the NCAA tournament in the last 13 years.

Season Stats: 7 games played, 5 starts, 0 goals, 0 assists

Karsten Hanlin – University of Denver (13-3-3) – Sophomore forward from Centennial was instrumental in helping DU to the Summit League Championship this weekend, scoring a goal in the 5-0 win over IUPUI in the semifinal and playing the full 90 minutes against Western Illinois in the final. He was named to the Summit League All-Tournament Team for his efforts. The Pioneers will have a difficult road ahead in the NCAA tournament, facing perennial powerhouse and #17th-ranked Louisville on the road in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Season Stats: 17 games played, 15 starts, 2 goals, 0 assists

Eric Kronenberg – University of Denver (13-3-3)   – Freshman forward from Boulder appeared in both of DU’s weekend matches, helping his team to the Summit League Championship with a 5-0 win over IUPUI in the semis and a 1-0 win over Western Illinois in the championship. The Pioneers will have a difficult road ahead in the NCAA tournament, facing perennial powerhouse and #17th-ranked Louisville on the road in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Season Stats: 15 games played, 0 starts, 3 goals, 0 assists

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. He started over the weekend in Creighton’s 2-1 loss to Providence in the Big East semifinals, and will look to play a part for the team in the NCAA tournament. The Blue Jays earned an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament, going for the 21st time in 22 years, and will host Seattle on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Season Stats: 19 games played, 9 starts, 2 goals, 0 assists

Jason Pillard – Wake Forest University (9-4-5, #12) – Freshman defender from Niwot did not make a regular season appearance for the Demon Deacons. Wake opens play in the NCAA tournament on Sunday, Nov. 24 against either VCU o Navy, after a first-round bye.

Season Stats: Yet to make an appearance

James Rogers – University of New Mexico (11-5-2, #23) – Junior forward from Fort Collins enters the NCAA tournament as the second leading scorer on his team with six goals and five assists, having started every match for New Mexico. The Lobos earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and a top 16 seed, giving the team a first-round bye. New Mexico will face either William & Mary or George Mason on Sunday, Nov. 24 at home. This is the third straight year New Mexico has earned a top 16 seed, and its 11th appearance in the NCAA tournament in the last 13 years.

Season Stats: 18 games played, 18 starts, 6 goals, 5 assists

Alex Toderica – University of Denver (13-3-3) – Freshman forward from Longmont did not play this weekend as DU captured the Summit League Championship, but Toderica finished the regular season having scored once in eight appearances. The Pioneers will have a difficult road ahead in the NCAA tournament, facing perennial powerhouse and #17th-ranked Louisville on the road in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 21.

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

SEASON OVER:

Avery Ball – Wright State (6-11-2) – Freshman midfielder from Fort Collins did not make an appearance for the Raiders this season. The Raiders fell in the Horizon League semifinals to UIC over the weekend to finish their season.

Final Stats: Did not make an appearance

Alex Braman – St. Mary’s (CA) College (7-9-4) – Freshman defender from Niwot finished a great first collegiate season over the weekend, as the Gaels closed with a win over Portland and a loss to Gonzaga. Braman started every match of the year for St. Mary’s, and was his team’s leading scorer with five goals and an assist. Braman and his brother Ben were two of only three St. Mary’s players to start every match of the season, and Alex was second on the team in minutes played. Alex was also named an honorable mention All-WCC team and was included on his conference’s All-Freshman team.

Final Stats: 20 games played, 20 starts, 5 goals, 1 assist

Ben Braman – St. Mary’s (CA) College (7-9-4) – Freshman defender from Niwot closed a strong first season with the Gaels over the weekend, starting in both a win over Portland and a loss to Gonzaga. With his brother Alex, Ben was one of just three players to start every match of the year, and Ben was the team’s leader in minutes played.
Final Stats: 20 games played, 20 starts, 0 goals, 2 assists

Josue Chavez – Lipscomb University (9-9-2) – Sophomore midfielder from Longmont had his season prematurely ended due to an ankle injury earlier in the season, and the Broncos closed their year over the weekend, first beating Jacksonville 1-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference quarterfinal before losing 1-0 to ETSU in the semifinal.

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

Michael Gottlinger – Iona College (10-6-3) – Freshman defender from Fort Collins ended the season with the Gaels over the weekend, falling to Quinnipiac in the semifinals of the MAAC tournament. Iona dropped the result 7-6 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, though Gottlinger did not play in the match.

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

Brad Holub – UNLV (7-10-2) – Freshman goalkeeper from Golden did not made an appearance for UNLV, and was behind a senior and a redshirt junior on the depth chart. The Rebels closed their season this weekend after falling to San Jose State in the WAC Tournament on penalty kicks, losing 9-8 after a 2-2 draw.

Final Stats: Yet to make an appearance

Joseph Kuzminsky – Alabama-Birmingham (12-5-1, #21) – Redshirt freshman goalkeeper from Denver finished the 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 were one of the teams surprisingly left out of the NCAA tournament after falling 2-1 to Charlotte in the Conference USA semfinals. 

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

Austin Seifert – Wright State (6-11-2) – Freshman forward from Colorado Springs appeared in a total of 14 games for the Raiders, whose season came to a close this weekend with a loss in the Horizon League semifinals. In his first collegiate season, Seifert had a goal and an assist, playing more late in the season.

Final Stats: 14 games played, 1 goal, 1 assist

Patrick Slogic – Cornell University (8-5-4) – Senior defender from Colorado Springs closed his collegiate career over the weekend, and went out in style with a 3-0 win over Columbia. Slogic played the full 90 minutes and had two shots on goal, and finished the year having started each of the Big Red’s games this season, and tying for the team lead in goals, with three. He also led his team in minutes played.

Final Stats: 17 games played, 17 starts, 3 goals, 2 assists

Drake Stewart – Wright State (6-11-2) – Senior forward from Colorado Springs played in both of the Raiders’ final two matches of the season in the Horizon League tournament, bringing his season total to 14 games as Wright finished their year.

Final Stats: 14 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.  

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

Cameron Taylor – Cornell University (8-5-4) – Freshman midfielder from Littleton appeared a sub in the final match of the season for the Big Red, playing in a total of seven games throughout the year.

Final Stats: 7 games played, 6 starts, 0 goal, 0 assists

Bryan Windsor – Princeton University (7-9-1) – Freshman midfielder from Boulder missed the bulk of the season with injury but finished the year with one goal in his five games, a game-winner over Seton Hall.

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