Duff earns Capitol One Academic All-District 7 nod
Friday, November 4, 2011
Duff earns Capitol One Academic All-District 7 nod
BEMIDJI Minn. -- Bemidji State University soccer senior Brianna Duff (D, Ramsay, 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.

Duff, who started 18 of 19 matches for BSU in 2011, was a vital cog for a BSU back line that finished third in the NSIC with just 10 goals allowed in conference play.  The Ramsay, Minn. native and her fellow defenders helped Bemidji State post eight shutouts during the course of the season to rank third in the league.

This is the second time Duff has earned Academic All-District honors after being named Third Team Academic All-District 5 in 2009, but 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 and last year Alysha Domiano was named to the third team. Egnell would later became the first BSU soccer Academic All-America honoree when she was named to the first team.

Egnell became just the third student-athlete in Bemidji State athletics history to be named to the Academic All-America First Team in 2005.

Duff carries a 3.92 cumulative GPA and is an elementary education major.

Bemidji State completed the 2011 campaign with an overall record of 8-8-3, while it finished in a three-way tie for sixth in the final NSIC standings owning a 6-4-2 mark in league play.  

The senior defender becomes the first BSU student-athlete to earn academic all-district honors during the 2011-12 academic year.

BSU has had at least one student-athlete named to the all-district team in each of the last 10 years and boasts 15 academic All-America selections dating back to the 1970s.

The Capitol One Academic All-District Teams are selected by a vote of the 2,900-member CoSIDA organization. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports Information Directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools, who are then voted onto the All-District teams. First-Team All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America ballot. The program honors over 800 student-athletes around the nation each year, and since the program’s inception in 1952 nearly 18,000 have been named to Academic All-America Teams

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).