KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three student-athletes from the NESCAC were selected as All-Americans by the United Soccer Coaches Association (USC). The announcement was made at the annual NCAA Division III Soccer Championship banquet in Greensboro, N.C.
Bowdoin senior Moctar Niang earned his first All-America honor with a spot on the Third Team. Niang closed out a career collecting his third consecutive First Team All-NESCAC citation. He finished tied for second in the league with 15 points, scoring a team-best seven goals with two game-winners. In 69 career matches, he registered 19 goals and four assists and is the second three-time First Team All-NESCAC player for Bowdoin, joining Nick Figueredo '08. Bowdoin finished the year with a record of 9-5-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Tournament.
Sophomore AJ Marcucci of Connecticut College earned First Team All-America honors. Marcucci, the 2018 NESCAC Player of the Year, leads the nation with a .929 save percentage and ranks second with a 0.28 goals against average. He registered 11 clean sheets this season, which ranks tied for sixth in the country, to bring his total to 17 shutouts through two seasons. He is the first Camel men's soccer standout to make the First Team since Peter Spear in 1993. Connecticut College hosted NCAA Tournament matches for the first time and completed its best season in program history with a 13-3-2 record. The Camels set a school record for wins in a season and also won an NCAA postseason match for the first time.
Tufts junior Joe Braun earned a spot on the All-America First Team, marking the second straight year the Jumbos have had a player on the First Team (Conor Coleman, 2017). Braun enters Tufts' national semifinal match with nine goals and four assists for 22 points in 19 games. He leads the NESCAC in goals and points. His five game-winning goals lead the league and are tied for 20th in Division III. His fifth game-winning goal came in the NCAA Quarterfinals against Montclair State. Braun was an All-NESCAC First Team selection and also earned All-New England First Team honors. The Jumbos enter the NCAA Final Four unbeaten at 16-0-3 and will face Rochester on Friday, November 30 in Greensboro, N.C. at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Soccer Stadium. The winner will advance to the NCAA National Championship game on Saturday, December 1 at 2:30 p.m.