VESTAL, NY – Senior midfielder Noah Luescher, who will return for a final season next fall, has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) all-district academic team. It is the first time in his career that he has received the award.
CoSIDA’s selected Academic All-District® men’s and women’s soccer teams 2020-21 recognize the nation’s best student-athletes for their combined achievements on the field and in the classroom. Academic All-District® First Team Honors will take part in the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Voting. The Academic All-America® first, second and third team winners will be announced in early July.
Luescher finished fifth in the nation at the NCAA Division I level with 0.83 goals per game last season. He was also ninth with 1.83 points per competition. Luescher was named First-Team-All-Conference by America East and elected to his All-Academic Team for the second time in a row. Also in the 2020-21 season, Luescher was nominated as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, which takes into account the achievements of a student athlete in athletics, science and social engagement.
Luescher is the fourth Binghamton male footballer to be named to the COSIDA Academic All-District Team since the program was promoted to NCAA Division I in 2001. He joins Charles Darkwah (2004), Chris Terry (2009) and Pascal Trappe (2015). Darkwah was named Academic All-America that same season.
“What a great honor for Noah,” said head coach Paul Marco. “To be recognized by CoSIDA for academic and athletic achievements is a great achievement and proof of who he is as a student athlete.”
“It is an honor to receive this very prestigious award,” said Lüscher. “I am fortunate to have such a great support system that helps me with whatever obstacles I face. This award goes to all of these people as well as me.”
At the season opener against Albany on February 26th, Lüscher closed his career with two goals. He was then elected to the College Soccer News Team of the Week on March 1 and was the America East Offensive Player of the Week on March 2.
Luescher became the first Binghamton player to score goals in four straight games (February 26 to March 23) since Jake Keegan did the same in the 2012 season. He was also the first NCAA Division I Bearcat player to score a point in five consecutive games.
“This has not been an easy year for anyone,” he said. “But the postponement of the fall season has given me some time to work on myself and get better every day. This award makes me proud to see that my hard work has paid off and it motivates me to keep working and be the best To become a version of myself. “
NOTE: The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program recognizes football honors in four divisions separately – NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA.