SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Five Summit League men's soccer student-athletes were selected as CoSIDA Academic All-District® Team members in an announcement made by organization officials on Thursday.
The quintet included Omaha's Ed Gordon, Stevie Siy and Martin Veys, who were named to the District 7 Team, Oral Roberts' Dante Brigida, who was named to the District 7 Team as a forward and Western Illinois' Ryan DeBois, who joined Willer on the District 5 Team as a forward.
Gordon carries a 3.82 grade-point average in business administration while appearing in 14 matches for the Mavericks this season. The Omaha, Neb., native has started in six matches, dishing out one assist on the year.
Siy holds a 3.75 GPA in cybersecurity while leading the back line of the Maverick defense this season. The Omaha, Neb., native has started all 14 matches for Omaha and is second on the team with 1,225 minutes this season.
Veys appears on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team for the first time in his career with a 3.82 GPA in business administration. The Caen, France, native had dished out a team-high three assists on the season while making 13 appearances, including 11 starts for the Mavericks.
Brigida is a junior majoring in sports management with a 3.46 cumulative GPA. The Edmond, Okla., native has started all 14 matches this season and has scored 10 goals thus far, which is the second-most in the league this season. Brigida is a two-time Summit League Offensive Player of the Week this season and has the second-most overall points this season with 22 points.
DeBois is a junior majoring in management with a cumulative GPA of 4.0. DeBois is the team leader and second in The Summit League with seven in only 12 shots on frame. The native of Maple Grove, Minn., has scored in seven of the last nine matches en route to a team-high 14 points. The junior led the Leathernecks in the sweep of the League Player of the Week awards for the first time since 2016. A breakout season for DeBois, he has found the back of the net in each Summit League contest.
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 eighth 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 2018-19 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.