Senior Mads Schmidt and junior Marco Riboli were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team.

Pair Named Academic All-District


MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/06/09)-- Concordia senior goalie Mads Schmidt (Rodding, Denmark) and junior midfielder Marco Riboli (Bergamo, Italy) were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team it was announced on Wednesday.

It is the first time either player has earned the prestigious academic honor.

The pair helped the Cobbers to their best season in recent history. Concordia finished the season unbeaten in their final 10 games. CC also finished the year without allowing a goal in the final eight games - a streak that lasted 758:38, the third longest streak in MIAC men’s soccer history. Concordia's final record of 11-6-1 was the best since the 2001 season when the team went 12-4-0.

Schmidt, the team's starting goalkeeper for the past four seasons, carries a 3.98 grade point average while majoring in Philosophy and Business Management. He finished the season with an overall goals against average of 0.77. He also posted a 0.88 mark in conference play. He tied for the league lead in shutouts and was second in the conference in goals against average and save percentage. Schmidt was named the MIAC Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Riboli was the team's play-making central midfielder. He carries a 3.63 GOA while majoring in International Business. He finished the season with a team-high 10 assists. It was the second consecutive season he has recorded a double-digit assist
total. He was tied for second in the conference in assists in overall games. He also finished the year with 14 total points which was second best on the Cobbers. Riboli has 24 career assists.

The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District team is part of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program, administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The Academic All-America program annually honors over 1600 student-athletes who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom.

Top student-athletes from non-Division I programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ontario and Manitoba are eligible for inclusion on the district team. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director.