RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Four men’s soccer players representing the University of Rio Grande have been named to the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association) Capital One Academic All-District team.
Senior forwards Richard Isberner (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Rafael Maccauro (Sao Paulo, Brazil), along with senior midfielder Oliver Hewitt-Fisher (Swansea, Wales) and sophomore midfielder Caio Cruz (Sao Paulo, Brazil) were among those recognized.
The quartet of standouts made the District 1 College Division first team and advance to the national ballot for All-America consideration.
Isberner, a Business Administration major who carries a grade point average of 3.74, was named the Mid-South Conference Player of the Year for the second straight year on Tuedsay night. He leads the league in points (49), goals (20) and is tied for second in assists (9) this season.
Nationally, Isberner ranks sixth in the NAIA in goals and points. His four game-winning goals are tied for 19th in the NAIA. Isberner earned MSC Offensive Player of the Week twice during the 2012 season.
Maccauro, who has a 3.68 GPA as a Business Administration major, has four goals and five assists for 13 points.
Hewitt-Fisher, a Biology major with a 3.90 grade average, ranks second on the team in points (32) and goals (11) and leads the team in assists (10). He also leads the MSC in assists, while ranking fifth in points and ninth in goals.
Cruz, a Business Administration major who carries a 3.95 grade point average, has eight goals and six assists for 22 points. He is tied for sixth in the MSC in assists and tied for 14th in goals, while also ranking 14th in points.
All four players were also named to the Academic All-MSC team on Tuesday.
Rio Grande, which is currently ranked No. 2 in the country, takes a 14-1-1 record into tonight’s semifinal game against the University of the Cumberlands in the MSC Tournament.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or an important reserve on his/her team and carry a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 on a 4.0 scale. Nominees also have to have participated in at least 50 percent of his/her team’s games and must be a student at their current institution for at least one calendar year.
The Capital One Academic All-America program is broken into four divisions – NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College (for NAIA schools, two-year colleges and Canadian schools).