PHILADELPHIA – The academic accolades continue for Saint Joseph's sophomore defender David Grana, who was voted onto the 2018 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men's Soccer Team, organization officials announced today. The team is voted on by the sports information offices of the 30 area institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

In order to be eligible for Academic All-Area honors, an athlete must be in at least his or her second year at the institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better. Grana holds a 4.0 in biology and is one of just two sophomores voted onto the 11-member team.

The sophomore standout started all 18 matches as a right back on SJU's defensive line that recorded four clean sheets on an 8-7-3 season en route to an eventual team-leading 1,653 minutes played. He scored his first collegiate goal against Sacred Heart (59') and dished out a pair of assists against St. Bonaventure (69') and Drexel (15').

Grana was also recognized for his academic and athletic excellence with spots on the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team and CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District First Team, both announced on November 8.

Grana is joined on the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Men’s Soccer Team by Performer of the Year Kyle Hoops of West Chester, Penn State Brandywine’s James Cellucci, Temple’s Hermann Doener, Penn’s Scott Forbes, Haverford’s Nick Jannelli, Rowan’s Ryan Logar, Drexel’s Griffin Mallas, Eastern’s Jacob Myers and Jake Sankey, and Immaculata’s Alex Noel.

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