November 30, 2011

Boswell, Eckenhoff earn Academic All-America

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City College senior men's soccer players Tim Boswell (Jonesborough, Tenn./Providence Academy) and Brian Eckenhoff (Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape) both earned Division III Academic All-America honors from Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) late Tuesday night.

Eckenhoff earned Second Team Academic All-America at midfielder and Boswell earned Third Team distinction at forward.

Eckenhoff played in all 19 matches for Grove City (12-6-1) and made 10 starts. He scored one goal and added an assist while also helping the defense record six shutouts. He played in 61 straight matches and helped Grove City reach the 2011 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship Tournament for the second straight season.

A three-year letterman, Eckenhoff co-captained the 2011 squad and helped the Wolverines advance to the finals of the 2010 ECAC Tournament.

Eckenhoff owns a 3.98 GPA as a business management major. He has earned Dean's List honors, along with placement on the conference's Academic Honor Roll. He has earned the Presidential Scholarship and is president of both Omicron Delta Kappa and the College's chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Boswell started all 19 matches for the Wolverines this year and scored four goals. A two-year letterman, Boswell became a full-time starter this fall and co-captained the squad with Eckenhoff. 

He has achieved a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in molecular biology. Boswell is a Dean's List student who has also been named to the Presidents' Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll. Boswell has also received the College's Presidential Scholarship and earned induction into the Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa honoraries.

Boswell and Eckenhoff are the third and fourth Academic All-Americans in program history. Jeff Hinebaugh earned Academic All-America honors in 1989. Last year, Chuck Witt earned CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition.

All-time, Grove City has produced 36 Academic All-Americans, including 19 since 2002. Those 19 Academic All-Americans have accounted for 24 total Academic All-America honors. Grove City has at least one Academic All-American in each of the last 10 academic years.

Boswell and Eckenhoff are the first Grove City teammates to be honored as Academic All-Americans in the same season since 2008, when football players Adam Eichler and Dave Salera achieved the feat. In 1977, men's basketball players Joe Burns and Dirk Vandermeer became the first Grove City teammates to be honored in the same year. In 1988, softball players Tammy Leonard and Deb Poland became the second set of teammates to be honored in the same season.

The 2011-12 academic year marks the first year that CoSIDA has based its Academic All-America program on individual divisions within college athletics. Currently, CoSIDA honors student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, along with a "College" division that includes NAIA institutions and junior colleges. Prior to this year, the College Division included NCAA Divisions II and III, as well as NAIA schools.

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