Senior Dusty Page (Germantown, Wis./Kettle Moraine Lutheran) of the NIU men’s soccer team was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Men’s Soccer Team announced on Thursday.
A finance major with a 4.0 GPA, Page has started all 15 matches thus far for the Huskies, playing 1,338 minutes, the most for a NIU field player this season. The Germantown, Wis., native has recorded one assist this season, on the game-winning goal against Quinnipiac on Aug. 31, while also helping the Huskies record four shutouts.
“This is a great honor for Dusty, who is a pretty amazing young man,” said NIU head coach Eric Luzzi. “He is our team captain; he is extremely active with the SAAC Committee, both at NIU and with the NCAA, and the fact that he maintains a 4.0 GPA in our most demanding major says a lot about how talented and focused Dusty is.
“He has done great things for us at NIU both on and off the field and he has an extremely bright future ahead of him. This award is just one reflection of all this, and is very well deserved by Dusty.”
Page, who also serves as vice chair of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), has played in 47 matches during his four-year NIU career, including 41 starts. This is the second consecutive season that Page has received CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, he was also an Academic All-MAC selection in 2013.
To be eligible for Academic All-District consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution. Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected in November.
Page and the Huskies will return to action Saturday, Nov. 1, when they host Akron. Game time against the Zips is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the NIU Soccer & Track and Field Complex.
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