Four Goldey-Beacom College student-athletes from the soccer teams were named Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District.
Senior Chahin Aghrim, of Bonn, Germany, from the men’s side became the first student-athlete in school history in any sport to receive this honor a maximum third time. Senior Cliona Crammond, of Wicklow, Ireland; sophomore Rose Benjamin, of North East, Maryland; and junior Line Kristoffersen, of Bergen, Norway, from the women’s side made Academic All-District for the first time.
The four represent the most Goldey-Beacom has placed on the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District squads in one season and in one academic year. The Lightning, who have five Academic All-Americans in their history, last year recorded a 3.33 cumulative GPA and saw 68 of its student-athletes get at least a 3.5 GPA.
Aghrim’s honor comes one year after he became the first GBC student-athlete in any sport to be named first-team CCA All-America and first-team Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America. He also was picked first-team All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in 2016 and 2017 in addition to making the 2017 CACC All-Tournament team, during which he helped Goldey-Beacom to its first CACC title and second trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Aghrim graduates second in school history with 28 assists, fourth with 68 points and fifth with 20 goals. He sits 198th in the nation this season with four assists that included two Sept. 17 against Shippensburg and scored against Post and Chestnut Hill.
A three-time member of the CACC Academic Honor Roll, Crammond also was tabbed to the CACC All-Tournament Team a second straight year as well as first-team All-CACC this season.
She is 48th in the country with 31 points, 50th with 12 goals, 60th with seven assists, 65th with 1.55 points per game and 73rd with 0.60 goals per game. Crammond recorded two goals and an assist in three separate contests this season in addition to getting a point in 10 games.
Crammond graduates tied for second in team history with 30 goals, third outright with 19 assists and third with 79 points. She started 76 of the Lightning’s games during her career.
Benjamin sits seventh in the country with 173 points, sixth with 63 goals, 10th with 47 assists, 11th with 8.65 points per game and 14th with 2.35 assists per contest. She played in 19 games this season with 17 starts.
Kristoffersen, who played in 18 games on defense, was part of the back line that yielded 27 goals on the year and forced its opponents into a .132 shooting percentage. She scored against Caldwell, Concordia and in the CACC quarterfinals vs. Nyack.
Goldey-Beacom — 15-5, 11-1 CACC — enjoyed a campaign in which it broke the school record for most wins, most conference victories, most home wins with nine and a team-record 63 goals. The Lightning won their first six games overall and in the conference for the best starts in team annals and recorded their third straight season of double-digit wins for the first time in program history.
This season also marked the first time Goldey-Beacom played in the CACC semifinals in consecutive years. The quarterfinal triumph also marked the first time in program history it had won a conference tournament game in back-to-back seasons.
The Lightning had three players named first team all-conference with sophomore Kelly Mejia, of State College, Pennsylvania, tabbed the league's Defensive Player of the Year; four picked second team; and Dan Frick named coach of the year for the second time in three seasons.
GBC also has 39 victories over its past three seasons that is a school record for that period.
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