Cody Costakis, Patrick McLean Named to NSCAA All-America Team
St. Louis, Mo., December 16, 2011 — Washington University in St. Louis senior midfielder Cody Costakis and senior forward Patrick McLean were named to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tires NCAA Men’s Division III All-America Team, as announced by the NSCAA.
Costakis earned First-Team All-America honors, while McLean was named to the All-America Third Team. Just two other student-athletes from the University Athletic Association (UAA) received All-America honors as Case Western Reserve University’s Vinny Bell and Niro Wimalase both earned second-team recognition. Costakis and McLean bring Washington U.’s total men’s soccer All-Americans in school history to 10. This marks just the second time in school history, and first since 1979, that the Bears have had two student-athletes earn All-America honors in the same season.
“Cody is as committed and as hard working of a player as I have coached in my 28 seasons, while Pat is the type of player that fans pay to see,” Washington U. head coach Joe Clarke said. “The hallmark of a great player is that he makes others better, and that is what Cody did for us 24/7. Pat has the skill and creativity to do the most unexpected things, spinning defenders and making them look silly. As long as there was time on the clock, there was a chance Pat would create an opportunity for our team to score.”
Costakis started all 20 games for Washington University in 2011. He led the team and was third in the University Athletic Association (UAA) in assists with eight. Costakis, a three-time all-UAA honoree, started all 58 games in his three-year career at Washington U. and finished with 10 goals and 17 assists. Costakis also earned 2011 NSCAA All-Central Region First-Team honors, after being second-team All-Central Region selection in 2010.
McLean also started all 20 games for the Bears, finishing with six goals and five assists for 17 points this season. He led the team with three game-winning goals. McLean was selected to the All-Central Region first team for the second-straight season, and was also a two-time All-UAA first-team honoree. He played in 71 games in his career at Washington U., finishing with 16 goals and 10 assists.
Washington University finished the 2011 season with a 15-4-1 overall record and captured its sixth UAA Championship in school history. The Bears advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Ohio Wesleyan University, 1-0.
Costakis and McLean will be recognized along with the other 36 student-athletes at the annual All-America Luncheon, to be held in the Kansas City Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 14, in conjunction with the 2012 NSCAA Convention in Kansas City, Mo.