Senior Matthew Busch (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) of the University of Scranton men's soccer team can add one more award to his list of postseason accolades, as the defender was named to the 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America® Division III Men's Soccer Team on Friday, nabbing a spot on the Second Team.
With his Second Team selection, Busch (who boasts a 3.9 GPA as a neuroscience major/math minor at the University) becomes only the second student-athlete in Scranton men's soccer program history to earn Academic All-America® honors, as Bill McGuiness earned First Team accolades in both 2012 and 2013.
For Busch, who served as one of Scranton's team captains this past season, the selection to the Academic All-America® Team culminates a career in the men's soccer program where he has earned accolades for both this play on the pitch and his work in the classroom.
A 2016 All-Landmark Conference Second Team selection at defender, Busch was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team the last three seasons, and was selected to the Landmark's Academic Honor Roll each of the last three years, as well.
On the field, Busch was one of Scranton's captains this past season, as the Royals finished with a 15-4-1 overall mark.
Starting all 20 matches the Royals played in on the year, Busch helped Scranton record nine shutouts throughout the year, as the team went on to win the Landmark Conference Championship for the second straight year, and win a First Round match in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, as well.
Busch also chipped in on the offensive end throughout the year, adding three assists. For his career, Busch played in 70 career matches, making 65 starts overall on the Scranton defense.
To view the full CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Men's Soccer team for Division III, click here.