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Simons earns spot on All-American Second Team and named to Academic All-District First Team

Hobart College senior Keenan Simons has been selected to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Men’s Soccer Second Team. Simons, a defender on the fourth-ranked Statesmen soccer team, also recently was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team.

Simons has played an instrumental role in Hobart’s record-breaking 2008 season. The Statesmen recently advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, setting new standards for wins in a season (18) and longest unbeaten streak (21) along the way.

A computer science and mathematics double major, Simons has been a mainstay on the Hobart defense, playing in 62 career games. This season, he has guided a Statesmen unit that has allowed just 14 goals and posted 11 shutouts, helping the team to its first Liberty League Championship and its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The team finished the season with an 18-1-3 record.

Simons is the second Hobart soccer student-athlete to earn Academic All-American status, joining 2004 honoree Ricky Klotz ’05, a third-team selection. In all, 11 Statesmen and 12 William Smith Herons have received this award since its inception in 1952.

Simons is also a three-time Liberty League All-Academic pick, and last year he was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District third team.

To earn a place on the Academic All-District teams, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or significant reserve, and be at least a sophomore in academic standing. The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) select eight Academic All-District teams and choose the Academic All-America teams from the eight District first-teams.

CoSIDA selects Academic All-America teams in 12 programs: football, women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s track & field/cross country, women’s track & field/cross country, men’s at-large, and women’s at-large. A first-team, second-team, and third-team are selected in both the University (Division I and I-AA) and College (Division II, III and NAIA) Divisions.