PASADENA, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2014) – Caltech men's soccer senior Marec Serlin (Philadelphia, Pa. / Harriton) and sophomore John David Feist (Dallas, Texas / Jesuit College Prep) have been recognized by the SCIAC with the Brine Award of Distinction and Second Team All-Conference honors.
As a "true symbol of a SCIAC student-athlete," Serlin led the team with four goals, eight points and 12 shots on goal this season while maintaining a 3.9 grade-point average in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. He was one of only two field players to start all 19 games this season, including the last four SCIAC matches in which he played through a broken hand.
The Brine Award is a well-rounded honor that takes into account sportsmanship, community service and academic success as well as performance on the soccer field. It is voted on by the league's nine head coaches.
Serlin's recognition marks a repeat for Caltech, as Thomas Kwok received the honor for the Beavers last year as well.
"Marec is a well-deserving winner of the SCIAC Brine Award," Head Coach Rolando Uribe said. "This award has been won by several Caltech soccer players in the past, most recently Thomas Kwok and Grayson Chadwick. Marec represents what a SCIAC student-athlete should be - a great student in the classroom and a great soccer player on the field. His improvement over his four years at Caltech has been awesome. He scored four of our six goals was in the top 17 in scoring in SCIAC, was a team captain for two years and played his last 4 SCIAC matches with a broken hand. Marec inspired not only his teammates but also us on the coaching staff. His positive attitude, tremendous work rate and angry cheer before games set a high standard for Caltech soccer players to follow."
Feist was one of just two goalkeepers to make it onto an all-SCIAC team as he led the conference with 126 saves – 40 more than his nearest competitor – and recorded a .653 save percentage as the Beavers allowed over a full goal less per game than last year's average. Feist is the first Caltech soccer player to earn All-Conference honors since 2012.
"JD had a fantastic year for us and is well deserving of being named All-SCIAC," Uribe said. "I am very proud of the way he has matured not only as a soccer player but as a leader too as just a sophomore. He is a joy to watch in goal and having Nick as his goalkeeper coach helped him improve from last year."
"Our program is moving in a very positive direction and these achievements by JD and Marec are an indication of this progress as the rest of the coaches in the SCIAC recognized his performances," Uribe said.