GREENWOOD, Ind. – Saint Joseph's sophomore defender David Grana continued to rack in postseason accolades on Thursday afternoon as he was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-American Men's Soccer Second Team, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Grana was voted onto the Academic All-District First Team back on November 8 and advanced from there.
A native of Rochester, New York, Grana is the only sophomore on any of the three Academic All-America squads, comprised of 36 members with 12 on the First Team, 10 on the Second Team, and 11 on the Third Team. Grana is a biology major, with plans to become an anesthesiologist, with a 4.00 GPA. He is also the only Atlantic 10 student-athlete who made the cut.
Grana becomes the first Academic All-American Second Team selection in the Saint Joseph's men's soccer program's 61-year history and just the second Academic All-American all-time, joining Ryan Dougherty, who made the Third Team in 2001.
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').
Joining Grana on the Academic All-American Second Team are fellow defenders Ivan Blaskic of UMass-Lowell, Simon Waever of Evansville, and Dylan Waugaman of Valparaiso, midfielders Jack Casey of Notre Dame, Marcel Fahrenholz of Elon, and Luka Prpa of Marquette, forwards Ahu Obhakan of Fairleigh Dickison and Brian Stepanek of Gardner-Webb, and goalkeeper Jake Chasteen of Appalachian State.
First-Team defenders include Gideon Betz of Campbell, Kyle Hiebert of Missouri State, Callum Monthomery of Charlotte, and Henrik Mueller of Coastal Carolina while Third-Team defenders are Alex Comsia of UNC, Austin Day of Grand Canyon, Marius Kullman of Loyola-Chicago, and Collin Liberty of Stanford.
Grana was also recognized for his academic and athletic excellence with spots on the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team (November 8) and Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team (December 3).