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OC junior McLain named to Academic All-America Division II men’s soccer list

OC junior defender Matt McLain has been named as a third-team Academic All-American.
OC junior defender Matt McLain has been named as a third-team Academic All-American.

TOWSON, Md. (Nov. 25, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian defender Matt McLain was named Monday to the Capital One Academic All-America Division II men’s soccer third-team list.

A junior preaching major from Yukon with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, McLain was the only player from a Heartland Conference school to receive Academic All-America honors in men’s soccer.

The Academic All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) based on a combination of academic and athletic accomplishment. Of the 33 men honored on the first-, second- and third-team lists, McLain was one of only four with a 4.0 GPA.

“Matt is everything you want in a student-athlete,” OC coach David Scott said. “He is very focused on the field, active and involved on campus and is committed to his academic performance. He is a great representative of our program on campus and he is very deserving of this award through his hard work on the field and in the classroom.”

McLain, the Eagles’ captain, has been a rock on OC’s defense back line the past three seasons, having started all 51 games the Eagles have played during that time. This season, he was the anchor of a defense that was decimated by injuries during a 4-11-1 campaign. He scored one goal, his first since his freshman season.

He is the fourth player in 28-year history of OC men’s soccer to be named as an Academic All-American, joining Austin Taylor, a second-team pick in 2001; Adam Barnes, who made the second-team list in 2006 and the first-team list in 2007; and Trey Boykin, a second-team selection in 2011.

McLain is only the fourth OC student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors since the university began the NCAA Division II membership process before the 2012-13 academic year. Three Eagles made the track and field/cross country first-team list in 2013 – Brayden Barrientez, Tracy Marshall and David McWilliams.