Nov. 26, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - A pair of University of Notre Dame men's soccer players have been named Capital One Academic All-Americans as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Junior Patrick Hodan was selected to the first team, while fifth-year senior Luke Mishu appeared on the third team.
Hodan (Brookfield, Wis.) is a two-time Academic All-American after garnering third-team honors last season. The junior midfielder was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year earlier this month after helping the Irish win the ACC Coastal Division title. Hodan leads the Fighting Irish in goals (9) and points (21) this season and he has tallied 65 points on 26 goals and 13 assists in 64 career games.
Hodan, a second-team all-ACC pick last year and a first-team selection this season, boasts a 3.932 cumulative GPA in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. He has appeared on the dean's list in each of his first four semesters at Notre Dame.
Mishu (Knoxville, Tenn.) is a three-year starter at right back for the Fighting Irish. The fifth-year senior has a career-high five assists this season and has totaled 12 assists in 74 career games (70 starts). He also has been a vital part of an Irish defense that has posted 24 shutouts in the last three seasons.
Mishu, a Fighting Irish team captain, is a two-time all-ACC performer after earning second-team accolades this year and third-team honors last season. He also appeared on the 2013 All-ACC Academic Team. Mishu has a 3.563 cumulative GPA as a psychology and pre-professional studies (pre-med) major in Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters.
The Notre Dame men's soccer program has produced nine Academic All-America honorees since 2005, including four in the last two campaigns. Hodan joins former teammate Harrison Shipp as the only two-time Academic All-American in team history. Shipp garnered a second-team citation in 2012 and was the 2013 Academic All-American of the Year for Division I Men's Soccer.
The top-seeded and defending national champion Fighting Irish (12-4-4) will play host to No. 16 seed Virginia (11-6-2) Sunday in the NCAA Championship Round of 16. The match is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) at Alumni Stadium.