TOWSON, Md. – Three players representing the University of Rio Grande have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Men’s Soccer Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Seniors Richard Isberner and Oliver Hewitt-Fisher were named as first team selections, while sophomore Caio Cruz earned second team honors.
Isberner, Hewitt-Fisher and Cruz led Rio Grande to a 16-2-1 record entering Monday’s NAIA National Championship second round game against Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) College at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex in Montgomery, Ala.
A forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Isberner leads the RedStorm and the Mid-South Conference in goals (22), assists (12) and points (56). The two-time MSC Player of the Year, Isberner ranks third in the NAIA in goals per game (1.290) and points per game (3.290).
A business administration major with a 3.74 G.P.A., he ranks sixth in the NAIA in total points. A second team selection on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division team, he had a goal and assist in Rio Grande’s 2-1 win over Aquinas College in the NAIA national championship first round.
Hewitt-Fisher, a midfielder from Swansea, Wales, was also a first team all-conference selection and currently ranks 29th in the NAIA in assists (10) and 47th in total points (32).
A biology major with a 3.90 G.P.A., he also has scored 11 goals on the season. Hewitt-Fisher had a career-high four goals and two assists for 10 points in a 13-0 win over Pikeville on Oct. 13.
Cruz, a forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, has nine goals and six assists for 24 points.
Illinois Institute of Technology’s Liam Barrett, a senior business major with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A., was the All-America of the Year honoree for the second consecutive year. The Felixstowe, England native led Illinois Tech and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference in goals (17) and points (40), earning him the CCAC Player of the Year award for the second time in his career after leading the Scarlet Hawks to an 8-9-2 record.
Barrett currently ranks sixth in the NAIA in shots on goal per game (3.000), seventh in shots per game (4.890), 23rd in points per game (2.220), 25th in total goals (17) and goals per game (0.940), and 26th in total points (40). He finished his career with 61 goals, 22 assists and 144 points.
Joining Isberner, Hewitt-Fisher and Barrett on the first team are senior Jacob Doup and junior Caleb Palumbo of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, senior goalkeeper Cody Troyer of Bethel (Ind.) College, senior Zach Baron of University of St. Francis (Ind.), senior Neil Howard of Cumberland University, senior Jon Fuentes of Robert Morris (Ill.) University, senior Cameron Meter of Morningside College, and senior Matthew Kraciun of Saint Ambrose University.
The Capital One Academic All-America® College Division soccer teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.