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NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Two athletes from the Iona College men's and women's soccer programs have been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  Junior defender Roberto Hernandez-Raaen was chosen as a First Team member while senior defender Amber Blocher represented the Gael women on the Third Team.

Hernandez-Raaen has started all 16 games for Iona this season as part of a defense that has allowed only 11 goals all year.  Prior to the season's start, he was named to the 2009 MAAC Men's Soccer Preseason Team.  As an All-District First Team member, Hernandez-Raaen is eligible for Academic All-American status.

Blocher is second on the Iona squad with seven points this season and has recorded three goals, including two game-winners.  She has been a member of the 2007 and 2008 MAAC All-Academic Teams.

To be nominated for an Academic All-District team, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or key reserve on their team.

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