Courtesy of Drew Athletic Communications
AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Niko Cserhat has made history for the Drew University men's soccer team.
The senior defender has been named a Google Cloud Third Team Division III Academic All-American, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In the process, he becomes the first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American in the history of the Drew men's soccer program. He also becomes the 18th Academic All-American all-time at Drew and the first since Jeramie Barletta C'13 of the softball team was a first-teamer in 2013.
Cserhat was one of 33 student-athletes to make the team and was the lone representative from the Landmark Conference and colleges in New Jersey. He captured a spot on the Academic All-America ballot by making the Academic All-District 2 First Team last month.
Cserhat was also named the Landmark Conference Men's Soccer Senior Scholar-Athlete this past fall. He recently concluded a stellar career while helping the Rangers to a tremendous four-year run that included a 61-18-7 record and four straight postseason appearances (three Landmark Conference, three ECAC, one NCAA). He started all but three games that he played in, making 81 appearances and 78 starts, and did not miss a game over his last three years. A team captain this season, he helped the Rangers finish with a championship for the second year in a row, as Drew captured the ECAC Division III title with a 5-1 win over Rutgers-Newark. The Rangers closed the year on a four-game winning streak and finished with a 15-6 record.
A year ago, Cserhat played a major role in Drew's banner season and was honored with All-Landmark Conference First Team, Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and United Soccer Coaches Division III Second Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region accolades. He helped lead a defense that set a Landmark Conference record for fewest goals against (15) as the Rangers finished 21-1-1, won the Landmark Conference title, and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Off the field, Cserhat is an economics major and a philosophy minor. A Baldwin Honors Scholar, he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society) and has been named to the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll three times. He has also participated in Soccer After Dark and Soccer in the Park free youth mentoring programs, and has continued civic engagement through volunteer time, workshops, and community engagement placements both at school and around the surrounding area. Last year, he was a paid intern for Jon Ossoff Congress Campaign (N.M.).
To be eligible for CoSIDA/Google Cloud Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution, and be nominated by his/her sports information director.