Recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, the Academic All-District™ teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. 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 their current institution.
Eichhorst and Halliday are among 12 players selected to the Division III team in District I, which represents schools in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Head coach Josh Shapiro's Jumbos are one of just two teams who have two players on the Academic All-District I list. Both Jumbos now advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in December.
Both players are leading members of a Tufts team which will host an NCAA Sectional this weekend. The Jumbos are 15-1-3 overall this season and won their first-ever New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title. Tufts is currently ranked third in the United Soccer Coaches national poll. Eichhorst and Halliday were also members of Tufts' NCAA Championship teams in 2014 and 2016.
From Bolinas, California, Eichhorst is a Cognitive Brain Science Studies major at Tufts. He is the Jumbos' leading goal-scorer with five and converted the decisive penalty kick when Tufts advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" on Sunday over St. Joseph's College (Maine). On Tufts' NCAA Championship team in 2016, Eichhorst scored a goal in a 1-0 win vs. Mass.-Boston in the "Sweet 16" and had assist in their 1-0 "Elite 8" win over Kenyon in the second overtime. He tied for second on the team with eight points in 2016 and scored two goals for the 2014 side. A Dean's List student all six semesters, Eichhorst has earned Tufts' Romance Language Department Excellence Award three times and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advistory Committee.
Halliday is a Computer Science major from Cranbury, New Jersey. His 10 points this season (four goals, two assists) is tied for third on the Jumbos, who were one of just two teams in the country to receive a first-round bye with their NCAA Tournament berth. Last year, he assisted on the 2016 NCAA Championship-winning goal for Tufts in a 1-0 overtime victory versus Calvin. He led the 2016 team in assists with six overall, also helping on the game-winner in the NCAA semi-finals against St. Thomas (Minn.) A recipient of the Howard Sample Prize Scholarship in Physics from Tufts' Physics Department, Halliday studied for a semester in Madrid. He has published an app - "Color Ring!" - to Apple's App Store.
Including Tufts women's player Alessandra Sadler, Tufts had three soccer players receive the CoSIDA Academic All-District honor. That is tied for second-best in the district. Five Tufts University student-athletes who earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors last year went on to become Academic All-Americans.