Jake Duker, Amherst College
Jake Duker graduated from Amherst College in 2009 as one of the most influential players in the history of the men’s soccer program. Duker was named to the NESCAC’s First Team for the first time in 2008, capping an unbelievable season that stands as the best in program history. As a senior quad-captain, Duker helped lead the Lord Jeffs to the NCAA National Semifinals, after winning the program’s first NESCAC Championship last fall.
On the field, Duker led the NESCAC in points (35), points-per-game (1.67), goals (16), goals-per-game (0.76), and game-winning goals (7). The amazing senior campaign helped Duker set the Amherst career records for goals (34) and points (82), while earning him NSCAA All-Region status. During his four seasons at Amherst, the Jeffs posted a 51-14-9 (.750) record.
Duker was a true leader off the field for Amherst as well, earning NESCAC All-Academic honors while graduating with cum laude honors in psychology. While seven teammates joined Duker on the NESCAC All-Academic squad, the striker was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Second Team in 2008.
In a true testament to what the Lord Jeffs have become during Duker’s time, the NSCAA recognized Amherst for having the highest team grade-point-average (3.48) across Divisions I, II and III, while ranking the team No. 3 in the final poll of the year.
Duker was named an All-American by the Jewish Sports Review, and is currently in Israel to compete in the 2009 Maccabi Games. Duker hopes to catch on with a professional club in Israel after wrapping play in the games.