DAVIS, Calif. -- Building upon the tradition of academic success at one of the nation's top public universities, UC Davis senior defender Chase Rhode and junior forward Matt Baringer were among a group of 11 student-athletes named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII First Team on Thursday afternoon.
Rhode, a political science major from Apex, N.C., and Baringer, a managerial economics major from Piedmont, Calif., become the 10th and 11th men's soccer players to earn all-district honors since 1988, and the first since Brian Ford, who was a two-time all-district first-team honoree in 2012 and 2014. UC Davis also has two men's soccer players honored on the all-district team for a third time, joining Derrick Thomas and Eli Carter in 2002, and Ford and Mustafa Chopan in 2012.
Both are now eligible for Academic All-America honors, where first-, second-, and third-team honorees will be selected later this month.
Rhode has appeared in all 20 matches for the Aggies heading into this weekend's Big West Conference championship match, making 17 starts. All three of his career goals at UC Davis have been game-winning strikes, including this season in a 2-1 victory at Cal State Fullerton. He has been a key member of an Aggie defensive unit that allowed a league-low eight goals in 10 Big West matches and finished with a 0.78 goals against average.
Baringer, who appeared in 19 of the team's 20 matches, enters the weekend tied for second on the team with five goals scored and tied for third with 12 points overall. A two-time Big West All-Academic selection, Baringer ranks among the top 15 in the Big West in goals and points while posting a pair of three-point matches in wins over San Francisco and Loyola Marymount earlier this year.
UC Davis hosts Cal State Fullerton on Saturday (Nov. 11) at Noon in the Big West Tournament championship match at Aggie Soccer Field. Tickets are available online at UCDavisAggies.com or by calling the athletic ticket office at (530) 752-AGS1.
2017 CoSIDA MEN'S SOCCER ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT VIII
GK - Enrique Adame (UNLV), 3.82, Business
D - Chandler Bradley (Utah Valley), 3.94, Business Management
D - Kasey French (Washington), 3.86, Pre-Science
D - Chase Rhode (UC Davis), 3.94, Political Science
D - Aravind Sivakumar (California), 3.90, Computer Science
M - Halil Beqaj (California), 3.85, Molecular & Cell Biology/Neurobiology
M - Nathan Braaten (Oregon State), 4.00, Finance
M - Paul Hoffmeister (Utah Valley), 3.93, Business Management
F - Samuel Agosti (Santa Clara), 3.93, Business
F - Matt Baringer (UC Davis), 3.79, Managerial Economics
F - Dallin Cutler (San Diego State), 3.87, Philosophy
UC DAVIS ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA/ALL-DISTRICT HONOREES
1988 - Peter Nutson, Honorable Mention, adidas
1993 - Tom Amick, All-District VIII
1998 - Matt DeJong, All-District VIII
1999 - Matt DeJong, All-District VIII
2001 - Matt DeJong, Academic All-America Third Team
2002 - Derrick Thomas, All-District VIII First Team
2002 - Eli Carter, All-District VIII First Team
2003 - Johnny Yau, All-District VIII First Team
2008 - Dylan Curtis, Academic All-America Third Team
2009 - Mustafa Chopan, All-District VIII First Team
2011 - Mustafa Chopan, Academic All-America Third Team
2012 - Brian Ford, All-District VIII First Team
2012 - Mustafa Chopan, Academic All-America Second Team
2014 - Brian Ford, All-District VIII First Team
2017 - Chase Rhode, All-District VIII First Team
2017 - Matt Baringer, All-District VIII First Team
ABOUT UC DAVIS
Providing a small-town community feel while providing a world-class academic experience, UC Davis is home to more than 37,000 students and centrally located between San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and the Napa Valley. The No. 6-ranked public university in the nation according to the Wall Street Journal, and among the top 10 public universities nationwide according to U.S. News and World Report, UC Davis offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.