BEMIDJI Minn. -- Bemidji State University soccer senior Tiffany VanHaaften (M, Chaska, Minn.) has been named to the Capitol One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-District® First Team for her efforts on the field and in the classroom.
VanHaaften, who has started all 16 matches for BSU in 2013, has been a leader for the Beavers both offensively and defensively. The senior matched her career-high three goals this year to tie for third on the team, while her two game-winning goals place her in a tie for second on the team. With eight points (3g-2a) she sits fifth on the team in scoring.
The two-time team captain has recorded 12 shots on goal and is a perfect 1-for-1 in penalty-kick situations.
VanHaaften, a three-time Academic All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) selection, carries a 3.91 cumulative GPA and is an exercise science major.
Due to VanHaaften’s first team nod, she will now be included on the 2013-14 College Division Capitol One/CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot.
This selection marks the second consecutive season VanHaaften has earned Academic All-District honors, while she continues a long line of BSU soccer players honored for academic success. Cristina Egnell was the first to be named to a squad when she was named to the third team in 2004. In 2005, she was named to the first team and Erin Foss earned third-team honors. Megan Wallner garnered third team accolades in 2007, Alysha Domiano was named to the third team in 2010 and Hillary Duff was a two-time All-District selection, earning first team honors a year ago. Egnell later became the first BSU soccer Academic All-America honoree when she was named to the first team at the conclusion of the 2005 season.
Bemidji State is 11-5-0 on the season and recently clinched a berth into the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference playoffs with an 8-5-0 mark in league play. The Beavers host the University of Minnesota Duluth Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. and hit the road for a 1 p.m. matchup at St. Cloud State University Nov. 3 to wrap up the regular season.
The senior midfielder becomes the first BSU student-athlete to earn academic all-district honors during the 2013-14 academic year.
BSU has now had at least one student-athlete named to the all-district team in each of the last 12 years and boasts 16 academic All-America selections dating back to the 1970s.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).