AUSTIN, Texas -- For the second consecutive year, a pair of Summit League men's soccer players were named CoSIDA Academic All-America® it was announced today.
Denver's Graham Smith and Western Illinois' Fernando Pacheco both earned first team distinctions. Only the ACC landed more student-athletes (3) on the first team than The Summit League.
Following his transfer from Oregon State after his sophomore season, Smith played and started in 43 matches in his Denver career, finishing with 19 points on six goals and seven assists. Smith scored three game-winning goals in his career, including against Omaha and No. 16 Akron in his senior year. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native split time at holding mid and center back in his senior campaign, but still finished second on the team in points with 10 on three goals and four assists.
Pacheco is coming off a season where he earned back-to-back All-Summit League Second Team honors at forward, and this award marks his third straight Academic All-League award. He is also a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree this season, as one of 11 recipients across the region of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio to be named to the award. A Business Administration major, he currently holds a 3.79 GPA. Pacheco was also a Summit League Offensive Player of the Week in 2017.
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.