Ritch, Runge secure Academic All-District laurels

Dylan Ritch and Tyler Runge

LEXINGTON, Va. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its 2018 Google Cloud Division III Academic All-District men's soccer teams on Thursday, and Washington and Lee seniors Dylan Ritch (Mint Hill, N.C./Independence) and Tyler Runge (Manassas, Va./Forest Park) were named to the 11-member District 5 team.

An accounting and business administration major, Ritch appears on the Academic All-District team for the first time in his career, as he has tallied ODAC bests in goals (14), assists (10) and points (38) this season, with all three marks being single-season career highs as well. A two-time ODAC Player of the Year (2016, 2018), Ritch currently holds the school records for career assists (24) and most consecutive games with a goal, an active streak of seven that he'll carry into the NCAA Tournament.

Runge is also making his first appearance on the Academic All-District team after scoring five goals and adding an assist thus far in 2018. An integrated engineering-chemistry major, with a minor in mathematics, Runge's five goals are a single-season career best and currently ranks second on the Generals, while his 11 points are tied for second most.

The criteria for the CoSIDA All-District program states that a player must be of sophomore academic standing, be a starter or important reserve and claim a GPA of at least 3.30 on a 4.0 scale. Washington and Lee is a member of District 5, which includes players from small colleges in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The Generals' overall record currently sits at 14-3-1, after winning their fifth ODAC title this past Sunday, earning them the 23rd spot in the final United Soccer Coaches poll of the season. W&L faces off with No. 25 Johns Hopkins on Saturday at 2:30 pm in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, hosted by Messiah College.

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