Springfield, Mass. - December 4, 2018 - For the second-consecutive season, senior Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.) of the Springfield College men's soccer team was honored for his hard work both on the field and in the classroom, as the midfielder earned Google Cloud First-Team Academic All-America® honors, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Deckel became the 40th Springfield College student-athlete to earn Academic All-America® honors following the 2017 season, and is just the ninth student-athlete in the history of the College to receive multiple Academic All-America® honors during their time on campus. Last year, Deckel was the first-ever Springfield College men's soccer student-athlete to earn the prestigous honor.
Deckel, a double major in Criminal Justice and Finance, has produced a grade-point average of 3.97 to date, and helped the Pride to its second New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship in the last three seasons in 2018. The Lansdale, Pa. native was one of four student-athletes from the New England region to receive Academic All-America® honors, as he was joined by Peter Davis and Ben Potter from Middlebury College, as well as Wesley Woo from MIT. Of this group, Deckel was the only one to receive First-Team recognition.
For his efforts, Deckel also earned United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Region honors, as he was one of 12 student-athletes named to the Second Team. Of all the Scholar All-Region recipients, Deckel was one of three from institutions within the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Deckel, a senior midfielder at Springfield College, also helped lead the maroon and white to its third-consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, as he produced 15 points on the year including six goals and three assists. Defensively, Deckel also played an important role on the defensive side of the ball, as he helped the Pride's defensive unit to a goals-against average of 0.77, which was the third-best mark among teams that compete in the NEWMAC.
Over his four-year career, Deckel helped the Pride to a pair of conference titles, a NEWMAC Regular-Season championship, and an ECAC Division III Championship, as he was an integral member of a senior class that helped the maroon and white to 63 wins over the past four seasons. Prior to his arrival, Springfield College had a total of 64 victories from 2008 to 2014, a span that lasted seven years.