cleveland – Eleven members of the Northern Illinois University men’s soccer team were named to the Academic All-MAC team, announced by the conference office on Friday (Dec. 16). The 11 honorees are the most for NIU in program history, breaking its previous record of nine Academic All-MAC selections set between 2016 and 2021.
NIU had the second-most sacks in the league behind only Bowling Green’s 14.
This season’s honor marks the third Academic All-MAC recognition for a trio of Huskies: Enrique Banuelos (Mexico City, Mexico/Virginia), Adrian Lara (Shorewood, Ill./Joliet Township) and Miguel Maynes Jr. (El Paso, Texas/New Mexico). Banuelos was also named to the College Sports Communicators All-Academic All-District Team in November and earned Academic All-America honors a season ago.
Dylan Banker (McHenry, Ill./McHenry West), Camilo Estrada (Dallas, Texas/Lone Star), Harry Jolly (Liverpool, England/St. Margaret’s Academy) and Diego Maynes (El Paso, Texas/Lone Star) each earns their second Academic All-MAC honor. Banker, Jolley and Maynes also earned Academic All-District honors from the College Sports Communicators.
First-time Academic All-MAC honorees include Kevin Galliano (Bellingham, Wash./Meridian), Parker Jepson (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Southwest), Zakaria Thomas (Burnaby, British Columbia/Moscrop Secondary) and Malcolm Ward (Youngs, Australia/Newington College). In November, Galliano and Jepson were also recognized with Academic District Awards.
To qualify for Academic All-MAC honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and compete in at least 50 percent of the contests during the season.
The full list of honored Huskies, along with GPA and major, is below.
Dylan BankerJunior, Kinesiology, 3.767 GPA
Enrique BanuelosRS Senior, Business Administration, 3.931 GPA
Camilo EstradaJunior, Marketing, 3.409 GPA
Kevin GallianoJunior, Marketing, 3.69 GPA
Parker JepsonJunior, Sports Management, 3.968 GPA
Harry JollyJunior, Sports Management, 3.734 GPA
Adrian LaraSenior, Operations and Information Management, 3.396 GPA
Diego MaynesJunior, Finance, 3.602 GPA
Miguel Maynes Jr.RS Senior, Business Administration, 3.55 GPA
Zakaria ThomasSophomore, Kinesiology, 3.258 GPA
Malcolm WardSenior, Psychology, 3.216 GPA