Oct. 31, 2013
EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette men’s soccer junior Ryan Dodds was one of four midfielders to claim a spot on the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District II First Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, it was announced Thursday.
The Academic All-District teams are divided into eight geographic regions, with District II consisting of institutions located in Washington, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Each team honors a goalkeeper, four defenders, four midfielders, three forwards and recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
A native of West Chester, Pa., Dodds has twice been named to the Patriot League’s Academic Honor Roll and maintains a 3.79 grade-point average as a Mechanical Engineering major. The Leopards’ midfielder is coming off a 3.88 GPA in the spring semester and is currently enjoying his most productive season on the field. Dodds has started in all 15 games for the Maroon and White and has a goal and an assist to his credit. His tally came in the 88th minute on a volley that helped the Leopards earn a 2-2 draw against La Salle, and then assisted Lafayette’s lone marker in a tie against Quinnipiac.
Dodds was one of five Patriot League players recognized for the prestigious honor and will be considered for the Capital One Academic All-America Team. Joining Dodds on the list were four seniors, Loyola’s Thurman Van Riper (GK), Bucknell’s Joe Meyer (D) and Navy’s duo of Dave Arnold (M) and Zach Davis (D).
Lafayette’s final regular season home game is Saturday, when the team hosts Army on Senior Day. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. and the game can be seen live on the Patriot League Network.