Cambridge, Mass. (December 5) – MIT men's soccer senior captain Ryan Stuntz (Wellesley, Mass.) has been named as an Academic All-American for the third straight season as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for his hard work both on the field and in the classroom. Stuntz earned a spot on the Second Team for the second straight season after being named to the Third Team as a sophomore.
Stuntz is just the second student-athlete in men's soccer program history to be named an Academic All-American three times. The only other student-athlete who accomplished this feat was Christian Therkelsen '10, who was a three-time First Team selection from 2008-2010. Stuntz, who earned the program's 18th Academic All-America award, was one of three honorees from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as Austin Reed from Coast Guard was placed on the First Team and Brad Deckel from Springfield College was on the Second Team.
As a member of the back line, Stuntz rounded out his senior campaign by helping the Engineers to six shutouts and a goals against average of 0.94, which ranked fourth in the league. In addition to his defensive efforts, Stuntz posted one goal and two assists for four points this fall.
Off the field, Stuntz is a Consultant to Wellington Management at Starpoint Solutions working within the quantitative investing group researching new investment strategies. Stuntz has also served as a Software Engineering Intern at Google and at Kyruus as well as an intern at Creative Learning Exchange.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas (272) and ranks second across all NCAA Divisions only behind the University of Nebraska.
CoSIDA, which began its recognition of NCAA scholar athletes in the 1950's, has honored thousands of deserving recipients across all divisions in numerous sports. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution and be nominated by his/her Sports Information Director.
MIT finished the year with an overall record of 6-7-5 and a mark of 2-4-1 in NEWMAC play. The Engineers were the fifth-seed in the NEWMAC Tournament and played Clark University in the quarterfinal round. Tied at 2-2 after 110 minutes of action, the Engineers were edged 5-4 in penalty kicks in their season finale.