Van Riper Named To CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District First Team

Nov. 1, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer senior goalkeeper Thurman Van Riper has been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District II First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.

This marks the second-straight year that Van Riper has been named to the Academic All-District team. He is now eligible for Academic All-America consideration in voting that will take place in the coming weeks.

Van Riper, an accounting major who maintains a 3.89 cumulative grade-point average, had an unbeaten record of 3-0-1 this year before suffering a career-ending injury in his fifth game. With a shutout streak of 224 minutes, Van Riper led the Greyhounds to their best start to a season since 2008 and was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week after posting back-to-back shutouts against Quinnipiac and Campbell.

At the time of his injury, he was ranked in the top five in the league in save percentage (.821), saves per game (4.6) and shutouts (2).

Throughout his career, the two-time team captain played 2,309 minutes, recording 111 saves, nine shutouts and a 16-6-2 record. He led the MAAC in saves (87) and shutouts (7.1) as a junior, in addition to ranking second in goals-against average (0.86) and save percentage (.830). That year, he was a three-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Week, while he also garnered ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.  

Academically, Van Riper maintains a 4.0 GPA in his major and is a member of the Business School’s Sellinger Scholar honors program, a small honors group that recognizes the top students in the department, and the Green & Grey Society.

In addition to being a Dean’s List honoree, Van Riper was included on the MAAC All-Academic Team each of his first three seasons and was named the MAAC Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week in 2012.