STANFORD, Calif. –
Redshirt senior defender Collin Liberty
has been named to the 2018 Academic All-America® Division I third team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Liberty's award is the ninth for a Stanford soccer player all-time and fourth under Knowles Family Director of Men's Soccer Jeremy Gunn
. Andrew Epstein and Eric Verso were on the third team together in 2015 and Epstein followed that up with a first-team selection in 2016. This honor is the 225th for a Stanford student-athlete all-time, fourth nationally among all schools and divisions.
Liberty played in a career-high 18 matches this season, primarily at right back, and made six starts. His first collegiate point came in his first career start this season in the conference opener against San Diego State and he added another on a Zach Ryan
goal in the Cardinal's thrilling double-overtime victory at Washington on October 14.
Defensively, the Cardinal was eighth in the country in team goals against average (0.625) and fifth in shutouts (12).
A two-time Pac-12 all-academic first teamer, Liberty graduated with his bachelor's in management science and engineering last March and will earn his master's in the same field this month. He plans to continue his playing career before beginning his career in finance.
Other CoSIDA men's soccer academic All-Americans include Bobby Warshaw (2009, 2010), Dominique Yahyavi (2010), Taylor Graham (2002) and Andrew Terris (2001).