Note: Join us over the next five weeks as we look back at the top moments of the 2016-2017 seasons. New features will be released each Monday and Thursday as we count down top moment through July and into August.
In November, senior defenders Lucas Prolow (Evergreen, Colo.) and Mitchel Erickson (Pueblo West, Colo.) were named to 2016 Academic All-America teams for the College Division by the College Sports Information Director's Association (CoSIDA).
Prolow was selected to the Academic All-America First Team for his committment in the classroom and the JWU community. Prolow is majoring in Business Administration and has been active in both the Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board. This season, Prolow started all 20 matches for the Wildcats and had two goals and an assist from his defensive position. Prolow is the first Wildcat to ever be named to the Academic All-America First Team.
Erickson was named to the Academic All-America Second Team after continually excelling in the classroom and on the field. Erickson, a Business Administration major, was a peer tutor for three years and a student consultant for the Denver Small Business Development Center at Johnson & Wales University. He was a three year captain for the Wildcats and notched three assists in his 17 starts this past season.
"Mitch and Lucas have always been the best examples of what being a student-athlete is. They are committed in their academic work and give everything they have on the field. It is great to see these two young men get the recognition for their work," said Mike Gallegos, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director at JWU.
Erickson and Prolow are the first men's athletes to be named to the Academic All-America team at Johnson & Wales University's Denver Campus.
Top Moments of 2016-2017
#1 - August 3
#2 - July 31
#3 - July 27
#4 - July 24
#5 - July 20 - Lucas Prolow and Mitchel Erickson named Academic All-Americans
#6 - July 17 - Kelley McLain records 1,000th career kill
#7 - July 13 - Andrew Bonner becomes program's leading scorer
#8 - July 10 - Kyra Gangemi nets sock trick and becomes program goals leader
#9 - July 6 - Women's Soccer makes postseason history
#10 - July 3 - Albert Rodriguez qualifies for NAIA Indoor Nationals