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Lindsey Wilson’s Pahkasalo named CoSIDA College Division Academic All-America of the Year


Lindsey Wilson men’s soccer student-athlete Aleksi Pahkasalo has been named the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-America of the Year.

In addition to earning Academic All-America of the Year honors, Pahkasalo was also selected to the College Division First Team, along with 10 other student-athletes from across the NAIA.

Academic All-American teams

It marks the second-straight season that Pahkasalo has picked up team honors, as he previously earned College Division Second Team honors last season. In the classroom, Pahkasalo is a recreation/tourism and sport management major and holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Aleksi Pahkasalo has been named the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-America of the Year (LWC Athletics Photo)

Aleksi Pahkasalo has been named the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-America of the Year (LWC Athletics Photo)

The midfielder from Vantaa, Finland was voted the Mid-South Conference Player of the Year earlier this season and has helped lead Lindsey Wilson to a 14-5-1 record in 2015. He leads the Blue Raiders in goals (24), assists (8), points (56), shots (111), and shots on goal (53). His total goals and total points are both the second most in the NAIA. Pahkasalo earned All-MSC First Team honors for the second time in his career this season.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America College Division soccer teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Blue Raiders’ Kander on All-Academic team

Lindsey Wilson women’s soccer student-athlete Amanda Kander has been selected to the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Second Team.

Kander earns the academic team honor in her first year of eligibility. The sophomore from Lund, Sweden is a communication major with a 3.73 grade point average. She joins nine other student-athletes on the Second Team.

On the field, Kander has helped Lindsey Wilson capture the 2015 Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament championships while leading the team to a 16-1-2 record and the top overall seed at the NAIA National Tournament.

She is one of four Blue Raiders to start all 19 games this season and has 10 goals and 10 assists on the year. The 10 goals are the third most on the team while the 10 assists are tied for the team lead. Kander helps facilitate a high-scoring Lindsey Wilson offense that averages 3.7 goals per contest, the sixth most in the NAIA.

From LWC Athletics


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