BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Harvard University’s Noah Hodge (So., San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) was named to the 2020 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division I Academic All-District 1 Men’s At-Large Team.
The 2020 Academic All-District® Men’s and Women’s At-Large Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA.
Due to his selection, Hodge advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. Academic All-America® honorees will be announced from June 16-19. All current dues-paying group and individual members of CoSIDA have the opportunity to vote on the Academic All-America® teams within their division (NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA). Members of the Academic All-America® Core Committee, the CoSIDA Board of Directors and CoSIDA staff members vote for teams in every division.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games to be eligible. In addition, no student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
A Chemistry major with a 3.73 cumulative grade point average, Hodge was recently named a team captain for the Crimson’s upcoming 2020 season.
As the starting goalie for Harvard during the 2019 season, Hodge earned a slew of awards including Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-America honorable mention status following Most Valuable Player status at the Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Championship and NWPC All-Tournament First-Team recognition.
A six-time NWPC Defensive Player of the Week during a 2019 season in which he anchored the Crimson to the NWPC Championship and a berth to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship, he racked up 254 saves with 22 assists and 20 steals to go along with NWPC All-Conference First Team laurels.
During his freshman season in 2018, Hodge made 146 saves with five assists and four steals to collect NWPC All-Conference First Team honors and NWPC Championship All-Tournament First Team status. In addition, he collected three Rookie of the Week and a pair of Defensive Player of the Week awards.
For his career, Hodge ranks fourth in total career saves in Crimson program history with 400.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District® teams are divided into geographic districts across the United States and Canada.
NCAA Division I District 1 is comprised of all schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Among four Harvard men’s student-athletes named to the 11-member team, Hodge joins fellow Crimson James Kitch (skiing) and Jack Rathbone (ice hockey) as the only sophomores to make the list in the New England region from the sports of lacrosse, rifle, skiing, fencing, swimming and diving, tennis, golf, volleyball, gymnastics, water polo, ice hockey and wrestling.
On the national level, he is one of two men’s water polo players in Division I to earn Academic All-District honors joining Ben Hallock of Stanford University who took notice in District 8.
Overall, a total of five men’s water polo garnered recognition across all divisions (Division I, II, III, NAIA) as Hodge and Hallock join Milos Popovic of Salem University (Division II District 2), Clyde Huitbregtse of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Division III District 1) and Zach Rossman of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (Division III District 8).