Shipp, McNamara, and Hodan Earn Academic All-America Honors for @ACCMSoccer


Notre Dame senior Harrison Shipp named Academic All-America of the Year

TOWSON, Md. –  Senior forward Harrison Shipp of Notre Dame leads the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I men’s soccer team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He is joined on the Academic All-America squad by Clemson’s Thomas McNamara, who earned first team honors, and Notre Dame’s Patrick Hodan, who was selected to the third team.

Shipp is the second straight ACC student-athlete to win the honor for men’s soccer after North Carolina goalkeeper Scott Goodwin last year.

A finance major with a 3.88 G.P.A., Shipp was named as the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year in Division I men’s soccer after leading the No. 3 Fighting Irish (13-1-6) into the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Cup Round of 16 against Wake Forest on Sunday, Dec. 1.

A native of Lake Forest, Ill., Shipp ranks 12th in the nation in total points (30), while leading his team in goals (11) and assists (8). A senior captain who has never missed a game in his career, he was the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year after pacing the Irish to a share of the ACC regular-season title in the program’s first year in the ACC.

A Capital One Academic All-America® men’s soccer second team selection in 2012, Shipp is enrolled in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and has been a member of the Dean’s List each of the last five semesters.

A graduate student with a 3.40 G.P.A. in applied economics, McNamara graduated with a degree in economics from Brown. The native of West Nyack, N.Y., he led Clemson in scoring with seven goals and eight assists for 22 points. He also became the first Tiger soccer player in seven years to be named first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference. He scored four game-winning goals this season while leading the Tigers (11-7-3) to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Hodan joined Shipp in the scoring column of Sunday’s win over Wisconsin in the NCAA second round as he netted his seventh goal of the season. Despite missing two matches with an injury, the Brookfield, Wis., native still is second behind Shipp in goals, assists (5) and points (19) on the Fighting Irish squad, which will take a 13-1-6 (7-1-3 ACC) mark into Sunday’s clash with Wake Forest in the third round. Hodan, an all-ACC second team selection, has found the back of the net in each of the last three games, a career-best streak.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.