GREENWOOD, Ind. – For the second year in a row, Saint Joseph's junior defender David Grana has been voted onto the Academic All-District 2 Men's Soccer First Team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced on Thursday afternoon. First Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second-, and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in early December.
Grana finished as an Academic All-American Second Team selection a year ago.
A biology major out of Rochester, New York, Grana is one of just three Atlantic 10 student-athletes selected to the 13-member team.
Grana started all 18 matches as a right back on SJU's defensive line and took two shots on the season, hitting the back of the net on both. Grana amassed 1,489 minutes to rank fourth on the team in minutes played for an average of 82.7 minutes per match and was also one of four Hawks - and the only defender - to start every match.
Grana becomes the first Hawk in program history to earn Academic All-District First Team honors twice; Ryan Dougherty also earned First Team recognition back in 2001. Grana also becomes the fourth selection from the organization, joining Dougherty and Second-Team selection Matt James (2003).
Joining Grana on the District 2 First Team are fellow defenders Ryan Clare (Princeton), Matt Di Rosa (Maryland), Carlos Diaz-Salcedo (Marshall), and Kevin Morris, (West Virginia), midfielders Mark Battle (Delaware), Rikard Lindqvist (Northern Kentucky), and Jonas Westmeyer (Marshall), forwards Haukur Hilmarsson (George Washington), Leandros Lillis (Temple), Patrick O'Hara (Bucknell), and Jake Steinberg (Delaware), and goalkeeper Noah Lubin (George Washington).