November 2, 2010

Four earn Academic All-District

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Four Grove City College soccer players earned College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/ESPN College Division Academic All-District II honors Tuesday afternoon from the region's sports information directors.

In men's soccer, senior midfielder Chuck Witt (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern) and junior forward Brian Eckenhoff (Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape) both earned First Team All-District recognition. On the women's side, senior midfielder Emily Ostlund (Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins) received a spot on the First Team and senior forward Hannah Yang (Davis, Calif./Davis) earned Third Team All-District.

As First Team selections, Eckenhoff, Ostlund and Witt all advance to the national Academic All-America ballot. The CoSIDA Academic All-America teams will be announced later this month.

Witt has started all 20 matches this year for Grove City (13-5-2) and leads the team with 10 goals. He owns four letters at Grove City and has made 65 starts and 76 appearances during his career. He earned Honorable Mention All-Presidents' Athletic Conference in 2009.

In 2010, Witt helped Grove City to a 13-4-2 regular season record, which is the program's best mark since 1996.

Witt owns a 3.95 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in mechanical engineering. He is a Dean's List student and has been named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll. Witt has been inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board.

He also earned First Team All-District in 2009 and Third Team All-District in 2008 as a sophomore.

Eckenhoff has played in all 20 matches for the Wolverines this year and has made 11 starts. He owns three goals and one assist this year.

Eckenhoff earned Second Team All-District as a sophomore in 2009. He owns a 3.98 GPA in business management and has achieved Dean's List honors. Eckenhoff has also been named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll while earning induction into ODK and the Operation Top Management business honorary.

Eckenhoff is also president of Grove City's Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter.

Ostlund captured First Team recognition after being a Second Team pick in each of the last two seasons. A four-year starter for Grove City, she has started all 18 matches this season. She has six goals and four assists this year, ranking third on the squad in each category.

Ostlund is a two-time First Team All-PAC selection and also earned All-Great Lakes distinction in 2007 from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She has 35 goals and 12 assists in 79 career matches.

She has achieved a 3.51 grade-point average as a molecular biology/Spanish double major. Ostlund is a Dean's List student who has been named to the conference's Academic Honor Roll. She has been inducted into ODK and Mortar Board. Ostlund has also been inducted into the Alpha Mu Gamma foreign language honorary.

Yang earned Third Team All-District for the second consecutive season. She leads Grove City this year with 16 goals, 35 points and four game-winning goals. She began the season at defender but moved to forward prior to the start of conference play.

A four-year letterwinner, Yang owns 35 career goals while having played 78 total matches. She earned First Team All-PAC as a freshman and then received Second Team All-PAC designation last season.

Yang owns a 3.58 GPA as a molecular biology major. She has earned Dean's List recognition, along with a spot on the conference Academic Honor Roll. Yang has been inducted into the Beta Beta Beta biology honorary.

Twenty Grove City student-athletes earned Academic All-District honors during the 2009-10 academic year. The single-season school record is 22, set in 2006-07.

District II includes all non-NCAA Division I colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve.

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