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November 22, 2006


Four upper class members of the University of Maine's 2006 Sunrise Conference championship men's soccer team have been recognized as National Association of Intercollegiate Collegiate (NAIA) All-America scholar-athletes for their excellence both on the field and in the classroom.

Sean Platt of Keene Valley, New York; Miguel Roman-Gomez of Islas Canarias, Spain; Dustin Nadeau of St. Francis, Maine; and Donatas Sumyla of Vilnius, Lithuania have been recognized as NAIA soccer athletes maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point (GPA) average of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale.

"The men's soccer team had a fantastic season this fall emerging as champions of the Sunrise Conference. As a university focused on undergraduate teaching and learning, this recognition of no less than four of our athletes as All-America Scholar-Athletes is truly a very special honor," said University President, Dr. Richard W. Cost. "My congratulations go out to all four of these young men who represent UMFK so well as athletes and as scholars. This is a well deserved honor representing a great deal of hard work and commitment by these students," Dr. Cost added.

Platt is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies; Roman-Gomez is a junior majoring in Business; Nadeau is a senior majoring in University Studies; and Sumyla is a senior majoring in e-Commerce.

To be eligible for NAIA All-America recognition, students must be a junior or senior; must have been in attendance at the nominating institution for a minimum of one full year; must maintain a GPA of 3.50, or above; and must be listed on a NAIA eligibility list.

The NAIA is a governing body for athletic programs at its nearly 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The mission of the NAIA is to promote the education and development of students through intercollegiate athletics participation.