Worcester, Mass. – Clark University men's soccer senior striker Oscar Zapata (Lima, Peru) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First-Team it was announced on Thursday morning by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
In order to qualify for CoSIDA All-Academic status, the nominated student-athlete must be of sophomore academic standing with a GPA of 3.30 or above.
A management major who sports a 3.60 grade-point average, Zapata is a two-time New England Men's And Women's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference selection as well as a two-time NEWMAC All-Conference honoree.
So far this season, Zapata ranks fifth in the league in goals scored (9) and points (18), while steadily moving up the school's all-time scoring list. In Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Framingham State, Zapata recorded a pair of markers moving into fourth on the goals scored list (33) and into seventh on the career points list (69).
Academic All-District teams are comprised of student-athletes who are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. First-team Academic All-District teams selections like Zapata advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected in November.
Since the Academic All-America program began back in 1952, Clark has only had three student-athletes achieve that status. Women's swimmer Liz Rosen was a second-team selection in 2011, joining men's soccer's Matthew Maranz (1987, third-team) and women's basketball standout Michele Maxwell (1993, second team).