MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Jordan Branco (Norton, Mass.) of the Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Men's Soccer Team as a Second Team selection, it was announced on Wednesday.
Capital One Academic All-District and All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The program has expanded for 2011-12, with separate Academic All-District and All-America teams selected in Divisions I, II and III, as well as the College division for NAIA, junior college and Canadian institutions.
Branco is the eighth SNHU student-athlete to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, joining Judy Crawford (softball, 1986), Warren Lewis (men's soccer, 1993), Nick Therrien (ice hockey, 1998), Lotta Thunberg (women's soccer, 1998), Brian Larrabee (men's basketball, 2003), Julie Kraus (women's lacrosse, 2008, 2009) and Libby Parent (women's lacrosse, 2009).
Branco, a Business Administration major with a 3.79 GPA, was recently a Northeast-10 Third Team All-Conference selection. He ranked second on Southern New Hampshire with 10 goals and six assists for 26 points and has recorded multiple points on six occasions, including tallying a goal and an assist in SNHU's 2-0 win over C.W. Post in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on November 13.
The Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team finished the season with an 18-4 record, recording its most victories since the 2002 season. The Penmen advanced to the Northeast-10 championship game for the first time since 2008 and reached the NCAA Division II quarterfinals for the ninth time in program history and second time in three seasons.