MARKED FOR CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS, SPOT ON NATIONAL
breeds success, as the saying goes. Northern Illinois University's
Jason Sullivan (Quincy / Notre Dame) added a new chapter to the
Huskie men's soccer program's history of academic achievement by
earning a spot on the 2003 College Sports Information Directors
of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District V men's soccer team.
Kelly Loft announced the honor Thursday (Nov. 6), presenting a distinction
which also places the senior defender on the list for Academic All-America
consideration. The honorees from District V---which is comprised
of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, plus the Canadian
provinces of Ontario and Manitoba---join their counterparts from
CoSIDA's other seven districts on the ballot for Academic All-America
accolades. That list will be announced Nov. 24.
The anchor of
the Huskie back line, Sullivan serves as mentor for a defensive
unit which allowed just six goals in six Mid-American Conference
matches this season and recorded a 1.59 goals-against average despite
two freshmen and a sophomore on the back line plus a freshman goalkeeper.
The Quincy native started 14 matches in 2003 and his impact was
evident as the Huskies allowed three goals in two of the three contests
one of five Northern Illinois players to garner Academic All-MAC
status last year, adding that honor to a trio of Victory Scholar
awards in the NIU Academic Excellence Program. In the classroom,
he carries a 3.71 grade-point-average as an accountancy major in
the university's nationally-acclaimed College of Business.
is a fantastic player, one of the best central defenders in the
MAC," Northern Illinois coach Steve Simmons noted. "He
makes a difference every time he's out on the field. To do what
he does and still maintain the effort he has in the classroom, that's
the epitome of what we want in our program. He excels both on the
field and academically, and really sets the table for the people
marks the ninth consecutive year the Huskie men's soccer program
has been represented on a CoSIDA honor roll. Jeff Stojak earned
First-Team Academic All-America honors for the 1998 season and Second-Team
status in 1997, while Sigurd Slaastad was a Second-Team pick in
both 1995 and 1996 as the program's first CoSIDA Academic All-America
selection. Paal Bay Braathen earned Academic All-District notice
in the 1999 campaign with Jason Tithof and Peter Agrimson drawing
similar honors in 2000. Agrimson's certificate was the first of
three consecutive awards before he completed his eligibility last
continues the tradition of academic excellence for the Huskie men's
soccer program," Simmons added. "He has been the flagship
for us, and represents the standards of what we want to have in
a student-athlete. He gets it done both on the field and in the
classroom, and I'm happy to see that effort recognized."
and the University of Evansville each placed two players on the
regional honor roll with goalkeeper Chris Dunsheath and defender
Shannon Taylor representing BU and forward Dan Broxup joining defender
Adam Schultz as Evansville's honorees. Dunsheath and Broxup were
the only sophomores on the Academic All-District squad.
Wisconsin forward Jed Hohlbein and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
front-liner Antou Jallow also made the list, along with Northwestern
University's Jeremy Cook, Justin Langan of Western Illinois University
and Indiana University's Danny O'Rourke in the midfield. Defender
Brandon Meyer of Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
rounded out the list.
his teammates open play in the Mid-American Conference postseason
tournament Friday (Nov. 7), meeting tourney host Bowling Green St.
in the quarterfinal round. The Huskies fell to BGSU 2-1 during the
regular season (Oct. 12) despite Sullivan's assist on the lone Northern
Illinois goal---his only point of the fall. NIU carries the fifth
seed into the league summit, entering the weekend at 3-12-2 overall
and 2-4-0 in conference play.
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by Robert Hester