New Haven, Conn. (12/1718) Sixty-two (62) student-athletes on Monday were named to the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Soccer All-Academic Team, as announced by Commissioner Dan Mara. The 62 honorees represent all 13 schools in the CACC that compete in the sport at the varsity level.
Dominican College had one person named to the list as sophomore Bruno Garcia (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) makes his first appearance on the team with a GPA of 3.88.
Georgian Court University led all schools with 10 student-athletes named to the academic squad, followed by Caldwell University with eight and Wilmington University with seven. Manuel Grawe was GCU's top cumulative grade point average on the academic team with a mark of 3.85 in his major of marketing. Five of Caldwell's eight honorees had GPAs of 3.80 or higher, while WilmU's Dimitrios Topouzlis paced the Wildcats with a GPA of 3.98.
It marked the fourth major academic award for Topouzlis in 2018, as he was also named the CACC Top XVI Award winner at the conference's men's soccer championship in early November with having the highest GPA of all competing student-athletes in the semis and final. He was also named a Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-American, while also locking up Academic All-District I honors from the national organization of sports information directors. Topouzlis was one of 12 honorees on the list who earned GPAs of 3.90 or higher. Topouzlis' GPA was also the highest in the CACC for all 13 competing schools.
Thirty-three (33) of the 62 honorees were named to the CACC All-Academic Team for at least the second time in their respective careers, marking 53 percent of the list earning the award multiple times. Twelve (12) of the student-athletes were named to the unit for the third time in their career.
To be eligible for the All-Academic Team, a student-athletes must meet the following criteria: a) minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the end of the immediate preceding term; b) minimum of two semesters enrolled as full-time student at member institution; c) student-athlete must be second year student-athlete at member institution; and d) student-athlete must have been athletically eligible the season preceding the award and used a season of eligibility.