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Dec. 15, 2003

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia men’s soccer player Ryan Burke (Cumberland Foreside, Maine/Greely) was named to the College Soccer News 2003 All-Freshman Team as a Second Team selection. Burke, a first-year goalkeeper, was one of 33 players and the lone Cavalier to be named to one of the three College Soccer News 2003 All-Freshman Teams.

Burke started 15 of the 16 games he appeared in during the 2003 season. He recorded 1,443 minutes of playing time and posted a team-high 50 saves while turning in a 1.12 goals against average and a .735 saves percentage. Burke recorded four shutouts on the year and UVa was 7-7-2 overall with him as the keeper of record. He allowed only 18 goals on the season including just four goals in Virginia’s final six matches of the year.

Burke was named to the 2003 ACC All-Tournament Team and was selected as the ACC Tournament MVP after helping guide the Cavaliers to the ACC title. He was also named to Soccer America’s Team of the Week for Week 12. Burke allowed just one goal (a penalty kick) in three games of the ACC Tournament and made several key stops in both of Virginia’s penalty kick shootouts against Clemson (ACC Quarterfinals) and Maryland (ACC Finals) in the ACC Tournament. All four of Burke’s shutouts occurred in the postseason, with two shutouts happening in the ACC Tournament and two shutouts occurring in the NCAA Tournament. UVa finished 11-10-2 overall and 3-3-0 in the ACC.

Here is a look at the College Soccer News 2003 All-Freshman Teams:


First TeamPlayer		Position		SchoolChad Barrett	Forward		UCLAVedad Ibisevic	Forward		St. LouisJamie Watson	Forward		North CarolinaWillie Sims	Forward		Cal State NorthridgeRamon Nunez	Midfielder	SMUWill John	Midfielder	St. LouisBen Nason	Midfielder	Virginia TechJed Zayner	Defender		IndianaBrandon Owens	Defender		UCLATy Hardin	Defender		WashingtonBrad Guzon	Goalkeeper	South Carolina

Second TeamPlayer Position SchoolOmar Alfonso Forward Loyola CollegeSteve Sealey Forward ConnecticutRobbie Findley Forward Oregon StateScott James Forward UNC GreensboroMatt Hoff Midfielder HarvardJohn DiRaimondo Midfielder St. LouisMark Totten Midfielder James MadisonJilian Dieterie Defender IndianaGreg Dalby Defender Notre DameAaron Hohlbein Defender WisconsinRyan Burke Goalkeeper Virginia

Third TeamPlayer Position SchoolGerardo Alverez Forward NorthwesternAlex Harrison Forward Central ConnecticutJake Perterson Forward IndianaMichael Kraus Forward CreightonMichael Harrington Midfielder North CarolinaAshley Kozicki Midfielder St. John’sSacha Kljestan Midfielder Seton HallKiel McClung Defender UCLAGerogios Spanos Defender St. John’sFranco Ruscetta Defender Philadelphia UniversityZach Varga Goalkeeper Duquesne

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