NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College Athletics Department saw three student-athletes recognized recently by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as CoSIDA Academic All-District selections. Senior Aasmund Joedahl of the men’s soccer team, redshirt junior Steven Liakos of the football program and junior Izzy McDonnell of the women’s soccer squad were all recognized for their prowess in the classroom as well as on the field.
To be honored as an Academic All-District selection, student-athletes must be of sophomore class standing or older, boast a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average or higher and be significant contributors on the field.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District teams help distinguish scholar-athletes across all divisions. Merrimack College falls into District One, which includes: America East, Ivy League, Big East, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and Northeast Conference.
Joedahl is an international studies major who maintained a 3.87 grade point average during the 2019 season. He was one of three forwards chosen to represent the Northeast Conference (NEC) on the All District team. Joedahl finished the season with five goals and two assists for a total of 12 points, which was good enough for second best on the Merrimack College team. He also served as a caption for the duration of his senior season.
Liakos has been a mainstay on Merrimack’s offensive line this season, starting in all 10 games this season at right guard as the Warriors have competed in their first season at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The interior lineman has appeared in 24 career games, increasing his amount of games played in every season of his career. Liakos has been a cog in an offensive line that has paved the Warriors to a myriad of offensive accoldes; the Warriors rank second in the NEC in scoring offense (31.7 points per game) and second in total offense (380.1 yards per game).
In the classroom, Liakos is an accounting major who boasts a 3.66 cumulative GPA. He was one of just five NEC student-athletes in the sport of football to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
McDonnell is a nutritional sciences major, representing one of three forwards chosen for the 2019 All-District team, and is one of three representatives from the NEC. With a 4.00 GPA, McDonnell finished the year tied for the team lead in goals with three, alongside seven points as a key contributor in 12 games off the bench.