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Feb. 17, 2015

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Four Virginia student-athletes were named to the ACC All-Academic Men’s Soccer Team, announced Tuesday (Feb. 17) by the league office. Cavaliers Eric Bird (Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.), Nicko Corriveau (So., Potomac, Md.), Scott Thomsen (Jr., Brick, N.J.) and Ryan Zinkhan (Sr., Fredericksburg, Va.) each were named to the team.

To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete, regardless of classification, must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Zinkhan earned All-Academic Team honors for the third straight year, while Bird and Thomsen each were named to the team for the second time. Corriveau is a first-time honoree.

A two-year team captain, Bird played 73 career matches at Virginia, including 69 starts. Bird was a two-time All-American, picking up third-team honors during the Cavaliers’ NCAA College Cup season in 2013 and then nabbing second-team laurels in 2014 as UVa went on to win its seventh national championship after a penalty-kick shootout against UCLA. Following the season, Bird was a second-round selection (41st overall) by the Philadelphia Union in the 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Corriveau scored four goals in 19 matches for the Cavaliers in 2014. He was second on the team in goals and scored the game-winning goal in UVa’s NCAA tournament match at No. 1-seeded Notre Dame.

Thomsen scored a goal and added a team-high eight assists for Virginia this season. He tied for third in the ACC and ranked 14th nationally in assists. He also converted on penalty kicks in UVa’s quarterfinal and national championship shootouts en route to the title.

Zinkhan played in all 23 matches, making 22 starts, in 2014. He played in 78 matches in his career while starting 58. Zinkhan scored the golden goal in overtime in the Cavaliers’ season-opening win over Old Dominion in 2014. The versatile Zinkhan spent time at forward, midfield and defender during his career.

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