COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's soccer senior Bradley Anair (Bennington, Vt./Mount Anthony Union) was selected for Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 honors on Thursday, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Purple Knight men's soccer players have now been Academic All-District eight times, the most among all men's programs at the College.
Anair was among 11 Academic All-District 1 picks, earning the accolade as one of three midfielders on the list, and the only one from the Northeast-10 Conference. In all, five of the student-athletes hailed from the NE10. Anair, who is the first member of his program to be honored since Chris George '14 in 2012, earned an award voted upon by members of CoSIDA while advancing to the Academic All-America national ballot, which will be voted upon later this month. Academic All-America selections will be announced in December.
A starting defensive midfielder for three years, Anair aided a defense that allowed one goal or less five times this season, with three shutouts, while 13 of 16 games were decided by two goals or fewer. Anair started 46 consecutive games before suffering a career-ending injury in the Purple Knights' third-to-last game of the year. During his time as a starter, Anair helped Saint Michael's allow one goal or less 17 times with six clean sheets.
A captain as a senior, Anair adds to a list of accomplishments that includes him being named NE10 Academic All-Conference twice, qualifying two times for the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) Academic Achievement Award, and landing NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll nods on six occasions. Anair carries a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, and spent this past summer doing research on the nervous system of Central American Hunting Spiders at the College.
To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve. The NCAA Division II District 1 consists of members of the NE10, Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and East Coast Conference (ECC). Through the Academic All-America program, CoSIDA names separate teams at each the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III levels, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.