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USF M Soccer Walcutt Academic 1st Team All-America

USF junior Walcutt CoSIDA Academic 1st Team All-America

University of Saint Francis junior Jason Walcutt has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division men’s soccer first team.

Walcutt (Fort Wayne, IN / Carroll H.S.) is a first-time selection who has a 3.73 grade-point average as a business administration major. Walcutt, who served as a captain, excelled on the pitch at forward as well finishing with a Crossroads League leading 18 goals this season raising his career total to 38, which ties him for fifth on the USF career-scoring list.

“This is a tremendous honor and accomplishment for Jason, and I am extremely proud of him,” USF Head Coach Mitch Ellisen said after learning that Walcutt had been named to the first team. “He had a great season for us on the field and continues to excel in the classroom. He exemplifies the term ‘student-athlete’ and is a credit to our university and soccer program.”

Earlier this month Walcutt was named to the Capital One Academic All-District College Division men’s soccer team. And he became the first USF player ever selected for the Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Year award.

Walcutt had six game-winning goals for the Cougars, which ranks No. 3 in NAIA. Last week Walcutt became the first USF play selected NAIA Player of the Week after scoring two game-winning goals, three overall, to help USF tie for the CL regular-season crown with 21 points, 7-2 in CL play.

Walcutt is the second member of the USF men’s soccer team to earn Academic All-America status joining Zach Baron, who won the honor in 2012.

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.

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.