Hoffmann, Dotzman Named to Academic All-America Team

Friday, November 21, 2014

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Two members of the Centennial Conference-champion Muhlenberg men’s soccer team – junior back Tommy Hoffmann and senior midfielder Lance Dotzman – were selected to the Capital One NCAA Division III Academic All-America team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Tommy Hoffmann Hoffmann was a first-team pick, while Dotzman was named to the third team.

This is the first time in program history that the Mules have had two Academic All-Americans in the same year. Muhlenberg was one of only three Division III schools to place two members on the team.

Hoffmann (left) is the second first-team Academic All-American for Muhlenberg men’s soccer, and the first to earn the honor as a junior. The lone previous first-team selection was David Vassilaros in 2002.

Hoffmann is a starting center back for a defense that has allowed only 11 goals and recorded 11 shutouts in 19 games. The Mules have had two streaks of five consecutive shutouts this season, including a current one heading into tomorrow’s “Sweet 16” matchup with Tufts. In his first-year as a full-time player, Hoffmann has also contributed to the offense with two goals and an assist.

Lance Dotzman A biochemistry major, Hoffmann has made the Dean’s List every semester and conducted a research project titled “Pre-Steady State Kinetics of L-DOPA Dioxygenase” this past summer. He is a semimonthly volunteer at the Phoebe Ministries, a non-profit organization specializing in health care, housing and support services for seniors, and a four-year member of California Scholarship Federation, a nationally recognized academic club that emphasizes community service.

Dotzman (right) is the first Mule soccer player to earn Academic All-America recognition and be named CC player of the year.

A team co-captain and the leading scorer in the CC with 30 points on 13 goals and four assists, Dotzman has scored three goals in four postseason games this year, including the lone tally in a 1-0 CC semifinal win against Dickinson, and has netted eight goals in his last nine games.

Dotzman has a career total of 53 points (22 goals, 9 assists) as a three-year starter and was named to the All-CC second team last season before moving up to the first team this year.

A double major in physics and mathematics, Dotzman has made the Dean’s List four times. He was selected to lead group discussions to encourage and influence students and community members to embrace diversity as part of the Muhlenberg Sedehi Diversity Project last fall. He also is a volunteer with Special People In Northeast, Inc. (SPIN), supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism to have more inclusive opportunities.

Hoffmann and Dotzman have helped the Mules to a record of 15-1-3 and the fourth trip to the “Sweet 16” in program history. The Mules are ranked 10th in Division III in both national polls.

To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on thousands of student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.