ACC Soccer: Ten Earn Academic All-America Honors

Notre Dame’s Patrick Hodan named Academic All-America of the Year

AUSTIN, Texas – Ten student-athletes from the Atlantic Coast Conference were named to the 2015 Academic All-America Disvision I soccer teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The group is led by Notre Dame’s Patrick Hodan, who was named the named the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year for Division I Men’s Soccer.

The ACC led all leagues with six women’s soccer student-athletes named Academic All-Americans as selected by CoSIDA, including two first team selections in Boston College’s McKenzie Meehan and Notre Dame’s Cari Roccaro. Earning second team honors were Clemson’s Emily Byorth, Notre Dame’s Katie Naughton and Virginia’s Makenzy Doniak, while Emma Koivisto was named to the third team.

On the men’s side, North Carolina’s Jonathan Campbell, Notre Dame’s Michael Shipp, and Hodan were named to the first team while North Carolina’s David October garnered third team accolades. The four men from the league are tied for the most from any conference.

Hodan, a finance major with a 3.90 G.P.A., is a two-time first team CoSIDA Academic All-America® selection, earning the award in 2014 and was also a third team in 2013. The Brookfield, Wisconsin native has three goals and a career high six assists this year and earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference Second Team honors.  He has led the Irish to an 11-4-5 record and No. 7 national ranking heading into the NCAA Tournament.

Hodan is the first three-time Academic All-America® selection in Notre Dame men’s soccer history. He was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) first team All-American, the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy in 2014, when he had nine goals and three assists for a team that went to the Sweet 16.

Roccaro, who will graduate in December with a degree in sociology, was a two-time Irish captain and former captain of the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team. She made contributions from every field position throughout her career over 75 starts with 13 goals and four assists (30 points), transitioning to the back line as a senior to become one of the nation's premier central defenders. Roccaro was a four-time all-conference selection.

Meehan, currently pursuing her MBA, leads the ACC in goals scored with 17 for the 2015 season and is second on the points list with 38. She earned All-ACC First Team honors and was on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List this season.

Shipp is in his first full season as the starting right back for the Notre Dame men's program. The Irish senior scored his first two career goals earlier this season and has added one assist, helping lead the Notre Dame defense to 10 team shutouts in 2015.

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Campbell owns a 3.92 grade-point-average as a business administration major and earned  first team honors for the second-straight season. The four-year starting defender has already been named first team All-ACC in his senior season for the Tar Heels. Campbell has started all 19 matches in 2015 for UNC, compiling six points with one goal and four assists.

2015 CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year for Division I Men’s Soccer
Patrick Hodan, Sr., M, Notre Dame (3.9, Finance)

2015 Academic All-America Men’s Soccer Team
First Team
Jonathan Campbell, Sr., D, North Carolina (3.92, Business administration)
Michael Shipp, Sr., D, Notre Dame (3.97, Pre-professional (pre-med) / Spanish)
Patrick Hodan, Sr., M, Notre Dame (3.9, Finance)

Third Team
David October, So., M, North Carolina (4.0, Business administration)

2015 Academic All-America Women’s Soccer Team
First Team
McKenzie Meehan, Jr., F, Boston College (3.89, MBA (economics))
Cari Roccaro, Sr., D, Notre Dame (3.59, Sociology)

Second Team
Emily Byorth, Jr., D, Clemson (3.98, Health science)
Katie Naughton, Sr., D, Notre Dame (3.55, Anthropology / Spanish)
Makenzy Doniak, Sr., F, Virginia (3.38, Speech pathology & audiology)

Third Team
Emma Koivisto, So., D, Florida State (4.0, Interdisciplinary social science)