MEDFORD - Recent Tufts University graduate Travis Van Brewer has been named to the 2020-21 Academic All-America® Men's Soccer Team, selected by CoSIDA.
Recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom, the CoSIDA Academic All-America® program selected three teams totaling 33 student-athletes from across NCAA Division III. Van Brewer was voted on to the Academic All-America® second team, and is the only player from New England to make the first or second team. He is one of just three New England players and two from NESCAC to achieve the Academic All-America® honor overall.
Van Brewer earned a place on the Academic All-America® ballot after he was selected to the Academic All-District Team® in June. It was the fourth straight year that Jumbo players have received the regional award. Gavin Tasker and Brett Rojas both earned 2019-20 Academic All-District® Team recognition, Tasker also received it for 2018-19 and Dexter Eichhorst and Kevin Halliday earned the recognition in 2017-18. Van Brewer is the first Tufts Men's Soccer player to achieve Academic All-America® recognition since Pat Bauer in 2012.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic canceling many college soccer seasons in 2020, this year's academic squad was selected based on career accomplishments. From Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Van Brewer graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Tufts in May. After joining the Jumbos in 2017, he played in 65 games and started 53 for a team that posted an outstanding 53-4-9 record during that time. He started at midfield for the 2018 and 2019 Tufts teams that won NCAA Division III National Championships.
Van Brewer was a NESCAC All-Conference 2nd Team pick in 2019 after scoring three goals with five assists for 11 points. He tallied three goals and seven assists as a sophomore starter, and also started 12 games as a freshman and scored three goals with two assists. That added up to career totals of nine goals with 14 assists for 32 points.
Additionally, Van Brewer earned NESCAC All-Academic Team honors (3.5 GPA +) three times for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons. He also received Tufts' Earl F. Littleton Graduate Fellowship awarded to one civil engineer annually.
TVB will return to the team for the 2021 season this fall while pursuing a Master of Science in structural engineering at Tufts.