ROSEMONT, Ill. – Seven Big Ten Conference soccer students — four women and three men — earned Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced Tuesday. All seven conference selections received Academic All-America citations for the first time in the respective careers.
Three of the four Big Ten women’s soccer selections were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, with Minnesota’s Rashida Beal, Nebraska’s Caroline Flynn and Northwestern’s Nandi Mehta all making the top squad. Ohio State’s Lindsay Agnew also garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition as a second-team honoree.
On the men’s side, Michigan State had a pair of students chosen, as Brad Centala received second-team Academic All-America plaudits and Andrew Herr was a third-team choice. Wisconsin’s Sam Brotherton joined Herr on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team.
A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Beal is a senior defender from Germantown, Wis., who maintains a 3.95 grade-point average as a psychology major. She started all 23 matches for the Golden Gophers and was chosen as the Big Ten Defender of the Year by the conference coaches. Beal also earned first-team All-Big Ten honors after helping Minnesota to a share of the Big Ten Championship and its first Big Ten Tournament title since 1995.
Flynn, a senior midfielder from Lincoln, Neb., is a communication studies major with a 3.99 GPA and she is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Flynn collected second-team All-Big Ten recognition this season after starting 20 of Nebraska’s 22 matches and posting one goal and one assist, as the Cornhuskers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Mehta is a senior midfielder and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection from Lexington, Mass., who has a 4.00 GPA with a double major in economics and international studies. She was a third-team All-Big Ten choice and Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient this year, starting all 22 matches for Northwestern and tallying two goals and two assists. Mehta also helped lead the Wildcats to a share of their first Big Ten Championship before reaching the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998 and the second time in school history.
A senior forward and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree from Dublin, Ohio, Agnew is majoring in environment, economy development and sustainability and holds a 3.86 GPA. She earned second-team All-Big Ten accolades this season after starting all 21 matches for Ohio State, finishing with team highs of 10 goals and eight assists and tying atop the Big Ten with 28 points as the Buckeyes advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Centala is a junior defender and 2014-15 Academic All-Big Ten selection from Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., who maintains a 3.85 GPA as a kinesiology major. He started all 20 matches for Michigan State this season, registering a goal and two assists as the Spartans earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Herr is a senior midfielder from Millersville, Pa., who is a packaging major with a 3.98 GPA. He started 17 matches for Michigan State this year, collecting one goal and four assists.
Brotherton is a sophomore defender from Auckland, New Zealand, who has a 3.94 GPA as a business major. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection and earned 16 starts for Wisconsin this season, scoring three goals as the Badgers reached the Big Ten Tournament championship match.
In order to be considered for CoSIDA Academic All-America status, students must not only maintain a minimum 3.30 GPA, but must also be a starter or key reserve, competing in at least 50 percent of their school’s contests.