AUSTIN, Texas | Three Young Harris College players - Dani Fischer, Carlos Gomez and Mikie Rowe - have been named to the Google Cloud Division II Academic All-District® III Men's Soccer First Team as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
The members of the College Sports Information Directors of America by districts selected the teams and the first-team members will now be considered for Academic All-America® honors. District III consists of NCAA Division II institutions in the Peach Belt, South Atlantic and Conference Carolinas conferences. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must be a starter or a significant reserve on his team.
Fischer, who is a sophomore defender from Bruck an der Leitha, Austria, was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference first team in 2018. Fischer, who helped the No. 1-ranked Mountain Lions to nine shutouts so far this season, has a goal and six assists for YHC in 17 matches. The six assists are tied for third most on the team. Fischer has a 3.85 cumulative grade-point average as a business and public policy major.
Gomez, who is a senior forward from Algete, Spain, was named to the All-PBC first team as being named to the second team in 2016 and 2017. Gomez leads the team and the conference with 10 assists, while second on the team and league in goals (12) and points (34). Gomez, who was named PBC Player of the Week once in 2018 and was named the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week on Oct. 30, has three match-winning goals in 18 matches. Gomez, who was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® team last year, has a 3.61 GPA as a business and public policy major.
Rowe became the 13th player in league history to score 20 or more goals in a season with 22 to lead the PBC in 2018. The senior from Wexford, Ireland, is currently third in NCAA Division II with 1.29 goals per game and fourth in 2.88 points per game. His 22 goals is the eighth-highest single-season total in PBC history and his conference-leading 49 points is tied for 11th most. Named the PBC Player of the Week four times this year and the United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week on Sept. 13, he also leads the PBC in game-winning goals and shots. He was the fourth Mountain Lion to be named the PBC Player of the Year and kept the award at Young Harris for the fifth time in the last six years. Rowe also earned the league's Select Sports Golden Ball Award for scoring the most goals in the league. Rowe was the third Mountain Lion to earn the Golden Ball in the program's history. Rowe has a 3.44 GPA as a business and public policy major.
The Mountain Lions (17-0-1), who are seeded No. 1 in the Southeast region, will face No. 8 Lander University (15-1-3), which is seeded No. 2 in the region, in the third round of the NCAA Division II Tournament Friday (Nov. 16) at 4 p.m. at the YHC Soccer and Lacrosse Field. Tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for students with ID and senior citizens (ages 62 and older), and $1 for children (ages 2-12).