Little Axe, McLain receive CoSIDA Academic All-District honors

OC junior defender Matt McLain (No. 14, making the sliding tackle) is one of two Eagles named to the Capital One Academic All-District team.
OC junior defender Matt McLain (No. 14, making the sliding tackle) is one of two Eagles named to the Capital One Academic All-District team.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 31, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian men’s soccer players Matt McLain and Brandon Little Axe were named Thursday to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The CoSIDA honor recognizes student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.3 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, have reached sophomore status athletically, have legitimate athletic credentials and have been at the nominating institution at least one calendar year.

The Academic All-District awards are divided into eight geographic districts and four categories. OC student-athletes compete for awards in the NCAA Division II category. District 6 includes universities that are members of the Heartland, Rocky Mountain Athletic and Lone Star Conferences – a total of 35 schools.

McLain, a junior defender from Yukon, and Little Axe, a sophomore forward from Norman, will advance to the ballot for Academic All-America honors. Voting on the Academic All-America awards will take place in November.

McLain has a perfect 4.0 GPA in preaching. The three-year starter has been a steady force on an OC defensive back line that has been decimated by injuries this season.

Little Axe has a 3.54 GPA in accounting. He has four goals and five assists this season and his 13 points are tied for second-best on OC’s squad. Little Axe earned Heartland Conference offensive player of the week honors earlier this month.

OC was the only Heartland Conference program to land more than one player on the 15-man Academic All-District team and Little Axe was one of only two sophomores to make the squad.

Little Axe and McLain are the first two OC players to earn Academic All-District honors since the university began competing in the Division II category with the 2012-13 academic year. OC’s most recent Academic All-District selections were Trey Boykin, Tommy Guernsey and Tim Spencer in 2011. Boykin went on to receive second-team Academic All-America honors.

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