Opalka Named Capital One Academic All-District

Opalka will look to lead the Saints to the program's first MAAC Championship next weekend

Nov. 2, 2012

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - For the second straight year Siena Men's Soccer senior captain Jannis Opalka has been named a Capital One Academic All-District selection. By virtue of being a First Team honoree representing District I, Opalka advances to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot where First, Second and Third Team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

The 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America and recognize the nation's top student athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The Academic All-District Team includes student athletes from eight different geographic districts across the United States and Canada.

A native of Stade, Germany, Opalka has excelled both on and off the field during his four years at Siena College and earlier this year was named one of just 30 candidates nationally for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award. Academically, he possesses a 3.9 cumulative GPA while majoring in Management. In addition to his nomination last year, he has also been honored academically in the past as an NSCAA Scholar All-American and All-East Region First Team selection while also being named a MAAC All-Academic and Honor Roll honoree.

On the field, Opalka has anchored the center backfield for a Siena team which posted a 10-6 overall record during the regular season and finished second in the MAAC with an impressive 6-1 league mark. A Preseason All-MAAC selection, Opalka was selected to the NSCAA All-North Atlantic Third Team and was a Second Team All-MAAC honoree at the conclusion of last season.

Opalka and the Saints return to the pitch next weekend for the 2012 MAAC Men's Soccer Championships at Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field on the campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The second seeded Saints take on No. 3 seed Niagara in the conference semifinals Thursday night at 7 p.m.



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