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Three Irish Men's Soccer Players Named To NSCAA Scholar Athlete All-Region Team

Jan. 22, 2002

Notre Dame, Ind. – Juniors Andreas Forstner (Gerlinden, Germany) and Alan Lyskawa (Novi. Mich.) have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) North/Central Region Scholar Athlete First Team. In addition, senior teammate Griffin Howard (San Diego, Calif.) was an honorable mention selection.

Forstner and Howard recently were named to the Verizon District V All-Academic Men’s Soccer Team.

Forstner, a junior who completed his final year of eligibility in 2001, was a three-year starter for the Irish and one of just three Irish players this past season to start all 19 games. He played in 54 career games in three seasons and made 53 starts (including a string of 36 straight). Forstner scored a goal and dished off three assists this season and finished with two goals and an assist.

Enrolled in the College of Science with a double major in science and business, Forstner has been named to the Dean’s List all five semesters at Notre Dame and owns a cumulative 3.557 grade point average. One of three captains on this year’s team, he earned BIG EAST defensive player-of-the-week honors three times during his career. A two-time member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star team, Forstner was a member of Notre Dame’s Academic Honors Program, which pairs gifted student-athletes with a faculty mentor.

Howard earned all-BIG EAST honors in ’01 for the first time in his career as a second-team honoree. An Irish captain this season, he was a BIG EAST defensive player-of-the-week selection and was named to the all-tournament team at the Umbro/Spinx Furman Invitational. The Irish fifth-year player finished with a goal and an assist this season.

A Dean’s List student, he received his bachelor’s degree in May of 2002 in accounting from the Mendoza College of Business with a cumulative grade point average of 3.473. Currently, he is enrolled as a graduate student and is pursuing a master’s degree in accounting.

Lyskawa, a five-time Dean’s List honoree, is majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering and owns a 3.795 grade point average. He played in 11 contests during the 2001 campaign and made one start. In three-season, the Irish midfielder has seen action in 42 contests and earned 23 starting appearances. He has two goals and has dished off four assists.