Bridgewater State's Kane Moran, UMass Dartmouth's Jacob Burkhead and Westfield State's Andrew Carpenter earned Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for men's soccer and football as announced by the organization.
A native of Perth, Australia, Moran currently sports an impressive 3.915 grade point average. He is majoring in business with a concentration in marketing and a minor in finance and has been named to the Dean's List in each of his first six semesters at Bridgewater State. Kane is also a three-time MASCAC Fall All-Academic Team selection.
In 17 games this season, all starts, Moran has produced four goals and three assists for 11 points. Three of his four tallies have been game-winners.
In four seasons with the Bears, Moran has played in 75 games and tallied 13 goals (eight game-winners) and nine assists for 35 points. He is a three-time All-MASCAC selection having garnered second team honors in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
A native of Plymouth, Mass. and a graduate of Plymouth North High School, Burkhead sports a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average as a Political Science major at the University, and earlier today he also earned a spot on the 2018 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference first team all-conference squad. Jacob paced the Corsairs with 65 total tackles (49 solo) while leading the team in both interceptions (four) and pass break-ups (seven) on the year, as the 2017 MASCAC Defensive Rookie of the Year was tabbed as the league’s Geico Defensive Player of the Week back on October 22nd after notching a pair of picks, two pass break-ups and three tackles in a 41-27 triumph over Worcester State.
In 20 career contests in a UMass Dartmouth uniform, Burkhead has amassed 130 total stops (93 solo) and nine total pass break-ups to go with his four interceptions. Jacob becomes the second Corsair student-athlete to earn Google Cloud Academic All-District honors in the past week, as women’s soccer senior standout Kayla Loycano (Chelmsf ord, Mass./Chelmsford) also received the accolade last Thursday.
Carpenter, a graduate student in the University's Masters of Public Administration program, returned for a fifth year of eligibility as a result of a medical redshirt year. He graduated last year with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice, graduating with a 3.93 grade point average. He was named the athletic department's Male Senior Scholar Athlete of the year in 2018, graduating with the highest grade-point average among all student athletes at Westfield State.
On the field Carpenter patrolled the middle linebacker spot for the Owls, finishing the year with 64 tackles, half a sack, and a fumble recovery. The Westfield State led the conference in rushing defense, allowing opponents just 110 yards per game.
Carpenter battled through several knee injuries in his career to compete for Westfield State.
The Owls finished the year with a 5-5 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the MASCAC.
Carpenter is the first Owl football player selected for the team since Greg Sheridan and Troy Cutter were named to the All-District teams in 2014.
Release of Bridgewater State, UMass Dartmouth and Westfield State Sports Information