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Lobo Soccer Success

The University of New Mexico Lobo Soccer team has just wrapped up the sixth best season in program history.  The Lobos claimed their first Conference USA Tournament Championship and made their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in the past 16 years, building upon our history of success on the field. The Lobos advanced to the 2013 College Cup, reaching the Final Four for the second time in 8 years. In 2005, the Lobos advanced to the National Championship game for the first time in program history.

In January, Lobo All-American Niko Hansen was selected as the 9th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by Columbus Crew SC after signing an early guaranteed MLS contract. Hanson's No. 9 selection is the second-highest Major League Soccer SuperDraft pick in Lobo history behind Blake Smith, who was selected eighth in 2013 by Montreal Impact. He becomes the tenth Lobo drafted in the last five years, joining Smith, Oniel Fisher (Seattle Sounders FC), James Rogers (Sporting Kansas City), Kyle Venter (LA Galaxy), Michael Kafari (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Michael Lisch (Houston Dynamo), Michael Calderon (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Nik Robson (Toronto FC) and Devon Sandoval (Real Salt Lake). Vancouver Whitecaps FC also signed Ben McKendry to a Homegrown Player contract prior to the 2015 SuperDraft, and Justin Davis (2009) is set to captain Minnesota United FC in their inaugural MLS season, rounding out a strong contingent of Lobo alumni in Major League Soccer.

In addition to excelling on the field, the UNM Soccer program continues to achieve excellence in the classroom. Following the 2016 season, Niko Hansen was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, the 19th player since 2001 to earn this honor. The Lobos achieved a team GPA above 3.0 during the 2016 Fall semester, and received the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 13th time in the past 14 years.

Lobo Soccer - An Era of Excellence: 2002 - Present
Jeremy Fishbein was named head coach of the University of New Mexico men’s soccer program in the summer of 2002 and has built Lobo Soccer into a national power on a foundation of EXCELLENCE: in the classroom, in the community and on the field. The Lobos have achieved widespread success in all facets of their mission with rich history and tradition for over a decade.

Academic Success

  • Earned the prestigious NSCAA Team Academic Award ten times in the last eleven season
  • Produced 17 NSCAA Academic All-Americans
  • 39 Lobos have received Academic All-District honors
  • New Mexico Soccer earned a 3.44 team grade point average last fall, which tied a program record
  • Seniors Josh Dye and Adrian Mora both graduated summa cum laude from the School of Engineering
  • Lobo Soccer players have earned Academic All-Conference honors 86 different ocassions
  • Simon Ejdemyr was named the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year in 2009
  • Chris Wright was a Rhodes Scholar finalist after his senior season in 2009

Development of Local & International Young Men

  • Lobo Soccer has graduated nearly two dozen native New Mexicans with four more from the Land of Enchantment on the 2016 roster
  • Soccer is the world’s game and UNM is no different; last year’s roster included players from ten different countries
  • Alumni have gone on to enter a variety of careers; business, law, medicine, coaching and professional soccer

Creating Roles Models in the Community

  • Lobo Soccer is amongst the most prolific UNM programs in participation in community service projects
  • The program is heavily involved with the Notah Begay III Foundation
  • New Mexico players volunteer for youth clinics in Albuquerque and on pueblos and reservations throughout the State
  • Last summer’s Lobo Soccer camps and clinics welcomed nearly 800 youth of all ages

Excellence on the Field

  • Nine NCAA Tournament appearances in the last twelve seaons
  • Two Final Four appearances in 2005 and 2013 with the 2005 Lobos advancing to the National Championship Match
  • One of only three programs in the nation to advance to the “Sweet 16” of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Tournaments
  • Five “Conference Players of the Year” in the past ten seasons
  • Won 11 Conference Titles in the past 15 years
  • Finished the season ranked in the national “Top Ten” five times in the last ten seasons
  • From 2002 to present, the program has won 187 games for an average of 13 wins per season
  • Since 2005, Lobo Soccer has had 14 All-Americans (14 players earn 29 awards), 36 All-Region and 89 All-Conference award winners

Producing Professionals

  • 19 players have been selected in the MLS Draft
  • Lobo Soccer was one of only four programs in the country to have four players drafted in the 2014 MLS Draft
  • Blake Smith became the highest draft pick in UNM history when he was selected eighth overall in the 2013 MLS Draft
  • Alumni of the program have gone on to play in professional leagues in North America, Central America and Europe
  • Former Lobo Andrew Boyens played for New Zealand in the 2010 World Cup

One-Of-A-Kind Home Environment

  • New Mexico has finished in the “Top Ten” in the NCAA in attendance nine times in the last twelve seasons
  • UNM has defeated a “Top 25” ranked team 15 times at home including two wins over the No. 1 team in the nation
  • The Lobos are 100-19-11 at the UNM Soccer Complex under head coach Jeremy Fishbein