Nine Men's Soccer Ivies Named to Academic All-District Teams
Portions courtesy of Brown Sports Information, Cornell Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Athletics Communications, Harvard Athletic Communications, Penn Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Nine Ivy League players have been named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District Men's Soccer Teams, it was announced by the Academic All-America® Committee on Nov. 2. The teams are voted upon by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and include eight districts. Student-athletes must have a minimum cumulative gpa of 3.2 and are selected based on both their academic and athletic prowess. Seven of the nine Ivy League selections earned First Team status and remain on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration, which will be announced on Nov. 17.
The Ivy League's seven All-District First Team selections include Evan Coleman (Brown), Bryan Giudicelli (Dartmouth), Thomas McNamara (Brown), Eric Meyer (Yale), Andrew Olsen (Dartmouth), Steven Schlaefer (Penn) and Brett Sumpio (Cornell). The Ivy League's two Second Team All-District selections were Brian Rogers (Harvard) and Richard Smith (Harvard).
Here is a team-by-team breakdown of the honorees with a link to each school's release:
Junior midfielder Evan Coleman (Amherst, Mass.) has helped Brown to a 10-2-3 record this fall. He has started in all 15 games for Bruno and has scored one goal, a game winner in a thrilling 1-0 defeat of St. John's University, and has handed out two assists. An English concentrator, Coleman scored his first assist in a 3-0 victory over Vermont and the second in a 2-0 win against Holy Cross. He has helped the Bears to two NCAA Tournament Appearances during his three years.
Sophomore midfielder Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, N.Y.), Brown's leading scorer last season, has started 13 of 15 games this year and has contributed three goals and two assists. The Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship concentrator added one tally in Brown's 2-1 win over Indiana University, and scored both goals for the Bears in their 2-0 win over Cornell. Both midfielders have helped the Brown squad surrender just six goals and combine for 11 shutouts on the year and each is making his first appearance on the Academic All-District team.
Senior midfielder Brett Sumpio (Woodbridge, Conn.) was selected to the Academic All-District I First Team for the second year in a row. After garnering a spot on the team as a forward last year, he moved back into the midfield as a senior and was selected as one of three midfielders on the 2010 team. Sumpio, who has a 4.12 grade point average on a 4.00 scale in applied economics and management, has appeared in 13 games this season for the Big Red, starting six of those contests.
Senior defender Bryan Giudicelli (Emerald Hills, Calif.) also earned a spot on the Academic All-District first team as a junior. A double major in sociology and economics, Giudicelli has excelled both on and off the field. As a defender, Giudicelli has contributed to 25 shutouts during his career. He has also has tallied 17 career points on seven goals and three assists. He was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-East Third Team in 2009 and was honorable mention All-Ivy in 2008.
Senior forward/co-captain Andrew Olsen (Norwell, Mass.) makes his Academic All-District debut. A sociology major, Olsen has had plenty of success on the field for Dartmouth, earning All-Ivy second team honors in 2008 and honorable mention in 2009. Olsen has been a starter since his freshman season, tallying 36 career points with 12 goals and 12 assists along the way. Remarkably, eight of his 12 career goals have been game-winners. It is the second-straight season that Dartmouth has had two players make the team.
Sophomore forward Brian Rogers (Bronxville, N.Y.) leads Harvard in scoring this season with four goals and nine points. The 2009 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Rogers, who also earned all-conference second team honors last fall, has one game-winning tally this season and paces the Crimson with 35 shots.
Sophomore defender Richard Smith (Durham, England), an All-Ivy defender in 2009, has become a leader on Harvard's back line during the 2010 season. He has started all 15 games this fall and has helped the Crimson record three shutouts and post a team goals-against average of 1.20.
Senior defender Steven Schlaefer (Atlantic Beach, N.C.) joins Alex Takakuwa and Omid Shokoufandeh has recent All-District selections from the Penn program.
Schlaefer has appeared in all fifteen matches for the 14th-ranked Quakers, making 12 starts. Positioned on the outside of the back four, Schlaefer has partnered with his fellow defenders to limit opposing teams to just eight goals in 15 contests. As a team, the Red and Blue rank eighth in the NCAA in team defense with a 0.52 GAA. The eight goals allowed is tied for fifth-fewest by any team in Division I. Schlaefer and the defense have recorded eight shutouts this season, including five in a row from Oct. 2 through Oct. 23. That streak was part of a 549:50 run of clean soccer for Penn over parts of seven matches.
Senior midefielder Eric Meyer (Madison, Wis.), leads the Yale men's soccer team in assists and has appeared in all 15 games this year for the Bulldogs. He was selected to the All-District 1 second team as a sophomore before missing much of his junior year with an injury. Meyer, a chemistry major, plans to work as a consultant in San Francisco and eventually attend medical school following graduation.
Meyer has started 12 games in the midfield this year and tallied assists against Fairfield and Dartmouth. In his sophomore year, he led the team with nine points (3 goals, 3 assists) and scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Army to give head coach Brian Tompkins his 200th career win.