INDIANOLA, Iowa — Simpson men's soccer players Garrett Pochop, Josh Harry and Nick Joslyn recently earned College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 8 First Team honors for the 2016 season, recognizing their achievements on the pitch and in the classroom.
The trio accounted for one-quarter of the 12-member team in District 8, which is made up NCAA Division III schools in 21 states and Canada. As first team honorees, all three will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
A junior midfielder from Pierre, S.D., Pochop is one of the top goal-scorers in the nation in 2016, netting a school-record 22 through 20 games. He is tied for fourth in the nation in goals scored and tied for fifth with 51 points. He has been named Iowa Conference Offensive player of the Week three times and was a Second Team All-Iowa Conference and Academic All-Iowa Conference pick in 2015. The economics major owns a 3.95 cumulative GPA.
A senior defender from Clive, Iowa, Harry earns his second nod to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, adding to his 2015 selection. A 2015 second team all-conference defender and two-time Academic All-Iowa Conference selection, Harry has started all but one game in his career and is the team's top defender. A key part of Simpson's set pieces, Harry has one goal and three assists on the season and was named IIAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 9. The athletic training major owns a 3.87 cumulative GPA.
A junior defending midfielder from Baldwin City, Kan., Joslyn has career-highs with four goals and four assists in 2016. A 2015 All-IIAC Academic performer, Joslyn earned Iowa Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 25 after scoring the game-tying goal late in Simpson's 3-2 overtime win over Wartburg. A double major in physics and mathematics, Joslyn boasts a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA.
The Storm (12-7-1) play top-seeded Loras in the IIAC Tournament Semifinals on Wednesday.
CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Division III First Team
GK Todd Whittaker, Trinity (TX) — Sr., Chemistry
D Tanner Coffin, Hardin-Simmons — Gr., Kinesiology/Sport & Rec.
D Soren Frykholm, Colorado College — Sr., Romance Languages
D Josh Harry, Simpson — Sr., Athletic Training
D Sam Konstanty, Texas-Dallas — Sr., Biomedical Engineering
D Ben Thompson, Redlands — Jr., Global Business
M Nick Joslyn, Simpson — Jr., Physics/Mathematics
M Garrett Pochop, Simpson — Jr., Economics
M Marco Saglimbeni, Chapman — Sr., Biological Sciences
F Chase Boone, Redlands — Jr., Business Administration
F Gonzalo Hernandez Cascante, Dubuque — Sr., Business & Marketing
F Phillip Le, Austin — So., Finance/Economcis