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For more than 50 years, the Elizabethtown College men’s soccer team has been among the top small-college programs in the country. Along the way, the Blue Jays have claimed a pair of national championships (1960, 1989) and boasted 32 All-American players. The Blue Jays enjoyed a streak of 56 consecutive seasons without a losing record, and have made 35 appearances in national playoffs in 70 seasons of action. Last season’s 10-7 record ensured that Elizabethtown won 10 games or more for the 36th time in the last 37 seasons.

Since 2000, the Blue Jays have appeared in eight Commonwealth Conference championship matches and made two appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament (2004 and 2006). The Jays regularly play a challenging schedule that includes an annual rivalry game with conference foe Messiah College, Grantham, Pa., along with contests against other top regional teams. E-town also engages in a yearly battle with Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., where the two teams take aim at the Smith-Herr Boot. The ‘Boot Game’ recgonizes two men who were instrumental in each school’s soccer success.

Tradition runs deep at Elizabethtown College, starting with the roll call of former Blue Jay greats who are members of the school’s Ira R. Herr Ath-letic Hall of Fame. Many former players also have entered the coaching ranks at the collegiate and high school levels, most prominently Skip Roderick ’74 who has coached the team since 1983 and amassed 459 victories over 29 seasons.

Fostering the complete student-athlete, Elizabeth-town’s men’s soccer team has produced winners on and off the feld. Three Blue Jays have attained Academic All-America status, while Cameron Gettel ’11 earned a spot on the NSCAA All-East Region Scholar Team in 2010 and 2011. Gettel also earned a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

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Recent Successes:

» Four straight seasons with 10 wins or more » Two NCAA Division III Tournament appearances since 2004

» 2005 Commonwealth Conference Champions » Four all-conference selections in 2011 » Zach Wendler ‘12 chosen to NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team in 2011 » 17 NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region selections since 2003

» Two NSCAA College Division All-East Region Scholar selections in the past three years

Program Highlights:

» NCAA Division III National Champions in 1989 » 18 MAC Championships » Two Commonwealth Conference Championships » 33 NCAA Tournaments » 32 All-Americans

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