ELMHURST, Ill. -- Five Summit League men's soccer student-athletes were selected as CoSIDA Academic All-District® Team members it was announced by the organization Thursday.
Denver led the way with three honorees (Andre Shinyashiki, Graham Smith, Alex Underwood) with Oral Roberts's Tyler LaCourse and Western Illinois' Fernando Pacheco also receiving the honor. All five were selected as first team recipients.
The trio of Pioneers, along with ORU's LaCourse were named to the District 7 Team, while WIU's Pacheco was selected to the District 5 squad.
The Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes listed and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the seventh year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored.
The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools. The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first, second- and third team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. For more information about the Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.