PHILADELPHIA - For the third season in a row, Penn's men's soccer team has had a student-athlete named ESPN Academic All-District by CoSIDA.
Senior defender Steven Schlaefer was named first-team
All-District in the University Division of District II by the sports
information directors of schools comprising the district. Universities included
in District II cover Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia
and the District of Columbia. He joins Alex Takakuwa and Omid Shokoufandeh has recent selections from the Penn program.
In order to be nominated for Academic All-District, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or a transfer entering his second year at his current institution. He must also carry a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30.
As a first-team Academic All-District selection, Schlaefer is now on the ballot for national honors as ESPN Academic All-America. The results of that voting will be released in mid-November.
Schlaefer has appeared in all fifteen matches for the 14th-ranked Quakers, making 12 starts. Positioned on the outside of the back four, Schlaefer has partnered with his fellow defenders to limit opposing teams to just eight goals in 15 contests. As a team, the Red and Blue rank eighth in the NCAA in team defense with a 0.52 GAA. The eight goals allowed is tied for fifth-fewest by any team in Division I. Schlaefer and the defense have recorded eight shutouts this season, including five in a row from Oct. 2 through Oct. 23. That streak was part of a 549:50 run of clean soccer for Penn over parts of seven matches.
Schlaefer and the rest of the Quakers are 12-3-0 in 2010, and 5-0-0 in the Ivy League. No. 14 Penn heads to No. 20 Princeton on Saturday for a showdown between the two unbeaten teams in Ancient Eight play with a possible Ivy title and NCAA Tournament berth on the line. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. after the conclusion of the women's game between Penn and Princeton - also for an Ivy title/