Barry's Mark Anderson headlined a group of six SSC student-athletes who were named to the Capital One Division II Academic All-America Soccer Teams on Wednesday. Anderson was selected as the Academic All-America of the Year, while three other men and two women soccer players also represented the conference on the list.
A criminal justice major with a 3.56 grade point average, Anderson is making his first appearance on the Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II first team. He led Barry to a 12-3-6 record and an NCAA Division II Tournament second round appearance before Barry lost to Lynn University 2-1. Anderson also led the Buccaneers to a runner-up finish in the Sunshine State Conference tournament.
A two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Daktronics All-America selection, Anderson piled up a nation-leading 21 goals and 46 points in 2011. He was named as the Daktronics South Region Player of the Year. Honored as the Sunshine State Conference Player and Offensive Player of the Year, the native of Durham, England holds six school scoring records and scored 59 goals in his career.
Joining Anderson as a first-team Academic All-America selection was Tampa's Ryan Griffin. A midfielder from Brandon, Fla., Griffin posted a 3.80 GPA in government and world affairs.
A pair of SSC players were also recognized on the third team. Rollins defender Jack Clifford and Barry defender Joe Conkleton were honored on the list. Clifford is a graduate student from London, England. He posted a 3.41 GPA in business administration. A junior from Derbyshire, England, Conkleton registered a 3.63 GPA in sport management.
On the women's Academic All-America Team, Rollins defender Charlotte Murrell and Florida Tech forward Casey Lademann were recognized as third-team selections. A senior from Tallahassee, Murrell tallied a 3.83 GPA in political science. A senior from Flagler Beach, Fla., Lademann notched a 3.93 GPA as a business administration major.
To be eligible for Capital One 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.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.