Courtesy of Drew, Moravian, and Scranton Sports Information
TOWSON, Md. - The 2014 Capital One Academic All-District NCAA Division III Soccer Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) named five Landmark players to the list. Drew's Daniel Giraldo, Elizabethtown's David Boretti, Moravian's Kirsten Schall, and Scranton's Matthew Busch and Eric Hintz were recognized by CoSIDA and Capital One.
To be eligible for Capital One Academic All-America® honors, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.30 grade-point average, be a sophomore, junior or senior and be a starter or significant reserve. Beginning in 2011-12, the program is made up of four levels – NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division (NAIA, Canadian colleges and junior colleges).
By making the All-District First Team, the five players are now forwarded onto the national ballot to try for Capital One Academic All-America® accolades, which will be announced Friday, November 21.
Giraldo has a 3.68 cumulative grade point average while majoring in computer science and minoring in both economics and Spanish. The senior defensive specialist has anchored the Rangers' defense for three years, starting in every game and allowing just 46 goals in 57 games with 29 shutouts. Giraldo also gets involved on the attack, scoring two goals this season after adding three assists during his sophomore season. Giraldo was named to the Landmark Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll in 2013 and has made Dean's List at Drew for two years.
Boretti boasts a 3.95 grade point average while majoring in mechanical engineering. A senior defender for the Blue Jays, Boretti has started every game this season helping the Blue Jays to a 7-5-2 record so far this season. He is a two-time MAC Fall Honor Roll student-athlete and last year he was named to the MAC Men's Soccer Academic All-Conference Team.
Schall, who is majoring in psychology with a minor in education, is one of Moravian's tri-captains this season and has started in all 66 games that she has played in. Schall has tied the Moravian College women's soccer single season record with her 16 goals this season, and she is third in school history with 35 career goals and third all-time with 88 points for the Greyhounds. Schall leads the Landmark Conference in goals (16) and points (33). Schall was the 2012 Landmark Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year, earning a spot on the Landmark All-Conference First Team, has been on the Landmark All-Conference Second Team in 2011 and 2013 and is a two-time selection to the Landmark Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Busch, a neuroscience and mathematics major with a 3.94 grade point average, has been one of Scranton's most consistent performers at right outside back. He has played in all 17 games this season, helping the Royals post nine shutouts while allowing just 1.06 goals per game. With his speed on the outside, Busch has been able to lock down opposing wingers while also facilitating the offense either with deft passing or savvy runs along the sideline.
Hintz, an international business major with a 3.75 grade point average, has enjoyed a strong season in goal for the Royals. He has started 16 matches, posting a record of 8-6-2 with a 1.12 goals-against average and a 0.742 save percentage. Of Scranton's nine shutouts, he has posted seven of them on his own while also seeing time in goal in the other two.