Harrison Repeats as Academic All-American, Moves Up to First Team
7/5/2021 12:00:00 PM
// Kristy McNeil
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Senior Joel Harrison of the University of Michigan men’s soccer team was named to the 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-America first team as announced Monday (July 5) by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Harrison is a repeat Academic All-America selection, having earned second-team honors in 2019. Most recently named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for the second time in his career, Harrison is also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Other academic achievements include being a three-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement recipient.
On the pitch, Harrison is a first-team All-Big Ten Conference defenseman. He started and played in seven games this season before a season-ending injury on March 27 in a match vs. Indiana. In 2019, Harrison played nearly every minute in 19 games, scored one goal, and helped to hold opponents to a 0.79 goals-against average.
A 2021 MLS SuperDraft pick of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Harrison will return to Michigan in the fall, utilizing the NCAA-issued extra year of eligibility.
Harrison is one of three Michigan men’s soccer Academic All-Americans in program history, joining Matt Niemeyer (first team, 2004) and Ivo Cerda (first team, 2017 and 2018).