December 23, 2013

2013 D3soccer.com Men's All-America team

(l. to r.) Forward of the Year Josh Wood, Midfielder of the Year Jeremy Payne, Defender of the Year Dan Figura, and Goalkeeper of the Year Mike Randall.

D3soccer.com has announced its 2013 men's All-America teams. The teams were chosen by D3soccer.com staff, Division III soccer coaches and sports information directors from a field of over 400 nominations. This is the fourth year that D3soccer.com has recognized the top men's and women's players from across the nation.

Eight of this year's thirty-three named players are repeat selections, six having been honored in 2012 while two were cited in 2011. That is the most repeat selections in the short history of the D3soccer.com awards. Moreover, this year's honorees include four two-time first team All-Americans, something that hadn't happened previously.  There has yet to be a three-time All-American.

Fifth-year senior Josh Wood from Messiah College is the D3soccer.com Forward of the Year.  Wood scored a team-high 21 goals for the national champions, assisting on an additional seven goals for 49 points which ranked sixth nationally. The center forward was credited with 10 game-winning goals and tallied four goals, three assists in the NCAA tournament to help the Falcons to their tenth national title and fourth during Wood's time on the team. He was also named a first team Capital One Academic All-American which followed his second straight Academic All-District honor and the Middle Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete award for men's soccer. 

For the second straight year the D3soccer.com Midfielder of the Year is Messiah College's Jeremy Payne, our first repeat Player of the Year.  The junior's 17 goals and 10 assists matched his 2012 output as he registered a point in nineteen of twenty-six games, including four of six tournament matches. Payne's seven game-winning goals included the last kick of the 2013 season when he scored in overtime of the national final to give the Falcons back-to-back titles. His on-field exploits already garnered him the Commonwealth Conference Offensive Player of the Year award while his outstanding work in the classroom placed him on the inaugural Middle Atlantic Conference Academic All-Conference team. 

Senior Dan Figura from Loras College earned D3soccer.com Defender of the Year honors. This is Figura's second straight D3soccer.com First Team All-America award and he was an Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference award winner for the third straight season. In a schedule where the Duhawks opponent's winning percentage was an astounding .667, Figura anchored a Loras defense that held opponents to 3.7 shots-on-goal per game while boasting a .61 goals-against-average that led to a 19-2-3 record and a second straight trip to the Final Four. Over the last two seasons, Figura and the Loras defense have earned 29 shutouts on the way to a 44-4-4 record.

The D3soccer.com Goalkeeper of the Year award goes to Mike Randall from Rutgers University—Camden.  The senior posted a .865 save percentage, 15th best nationally, while playing one of the toughest Division III schedules. Facing an average of 13.2 shots per game, of which an average of 5.6 were on target, his shot-blocking ability enabled to the national runners-up to remain undefeated up until the final where, if not for a deflected shot, he may have shut-out Messiah to give his Scarlet Raptors their first title instead. Posting the best save percentage and goals against average in New Jersey Athletic Conference play, the two-year starter earned second team all-conference recognition.  Following a tournament run that consisted of four straight Top 10 opponents, Randall finished the season with a 0.75 goal against average.

The D3soccer.com Coach of the Year is Tim Oswald of Rutgers University—Camden. In a year when Oswald led the Scarlet Raptors to their first ever national championship match, he also earned his 100th victory on the way to a 122-39-22 record in eight years. The 23-1-2 record and the 12 shutouts earned in the 2013 season are program bests. Oswald also won his second NJAC Coach of the Year award this season, and during his eight seasons at Rutgers-Camden, Oswald has coached his teams to the only four NCAA tournament berths in program history.


2013 MEN'S PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Forward of the Year: Joshua Wood (Sr.), Messiah
Midfielder of the Year: Jeremy Payne (Jr.), Messiah
Defender of the Year: Dan Figura (Sr.), Loras
Goalkeeper of the Year: Mike Randall (Sr.), Rutgers-Camden
2013 MEN'S ALL-AMERICANS
FIRST TEAM
Pos. Player Year School
F Joshua Wood Sr. Messiah
F Mike Ryan So. Rutgers-Camden
F Travis Vegter Jr. Calvin
M Jeremy Payne * Jr. Messiah
M Colton Bloecher Jr. Ohio Wesleyan
M Kevin Cavers * Sr. Loras
M Mitch Grotti * Sr. Rutgers-Camden
D Dan Figura * Sr. Loras
D Aaron Beale Sr. York (Pa.)
D Carter Robbins * Jr. Messiah
GK Mike Randall Sr. Rutgers-Camden
SECOND TEAM
Pos. Player Year School
F Raphael Araujo Jr. Rutgers-Newark
F Yuri Ribeiro * Sr. Trinity (Texas)
F Jack Thompson * Jr. Messiah
M Andrew Bednarsky Sr. St. Lawrence
M Victor Araujo Jr. Trinity (Texas)
M Lucas Terci So. Montclair State
D Julien Aoyama * Sr. Amherst
D Harry Copeland So. St. Lawrence
D Zeke Hemme Sr. Stevens
D Keith Grafmeyer Jr. Rochester
GK Aaron Costello Jr. St. Lawrence
THIRD TEAM
Pos. Player Year School
F Jalon Brown Jr. Christopher Newport
F Ben Beaver Sr. Franklin and Marshall
F Andrew Vandervoort Sr. Gordon
M Max Fikke Sr. Amherst
M Matt Muralles Jr. Williams
M James Garcia-Prats Sr. Luther
M Marshall Hollingsworth So. Wheaton (Ill.)
D Erik Berkowitz Sr. Loras
D Ben Applefield Sr. Brandeis
D Richie Marquez Sr. Redlands
GK Brandt Rentel Sr. Oberlin
* previous D3soccer.com All-America honors
2013 MEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR
Tim Oswald, Rutgers-Camden (23-1-2) - 2013 National Runner-up
Thursday, Sep. 29: All times Eastern
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Final
at Iowa Wesleyan 2, Grace University 1
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Final
at Cornell 4, MacMurray 0
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Final
at Greensboro 4, Southern Virginia 0
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Final
Moody Bible 1, at Maranatha Baptist 0
Recap
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Final - 2OT
Robert Morris-S'fiel 5, at Eureka 4
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Final - 2OT
Emmanuel 1, at Pine Manor 1
Recap
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Final
at DePauw 1, Thomas More 0
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Final - 2OT
Juniata 3, at Penn State-Altoona 2
Recap
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Postponed
St. Joseph's (Bklyn.) at CCNY
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Final
at Immaculata 8, Cairn 2
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Final
at Bryn Athyn 4, Clarks Summit 0
Recap
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Final
at Sul Ross State 3, Belhaven 1
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Final
at Ripon 9, Finlandia 0
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Final
Grinnell 6, at Cornell 0
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Final
Lesley 3, at Rhode Island College 2
Recap Recap Recap
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Final
Washington and Jefferson 4, at Penn State-Altoona 2
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Final - 2OT
Bridgewater State 1, at Mass-Dartmouth 1
Box Score Recap Recap
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Final - 2OT
Milwaukee Engineering 2, at UW-Oshkosh 2
Recap
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8:00 PM
Mills at Providence Christian
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Final
at Fontbonne 3, Oakland City 1
Recap
Friday, Sep. 30: All times Eastern
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12:00 PM
Yeshiva at Farmingdale State
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3:00 PM
New Paltz State at Brockport State
Video
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3:00 PM
Oneonta State at Geneseo State
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3:00 PM
Potsdam State at Cortland State
Live Stats
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3:00 PM
Plattsburgh State at Oswego State
Video Live Stats Audio
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4:00 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Marietta
Video Live Stats
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4:00 PM
Anna Maria at Norwich
Video
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4:00 PM
Bard at St. Lawrence
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4:00 PM
Vassar at Clarkson
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4:00 PM
Skidmore at Hobart
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4:00 PM
RPI at Rochester Tech
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4:00 PM
Finlandia at Fairhaven Baptist
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4:00 PM
Andrews at Illinois Tech
Video
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4:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Schreiner
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4:30 PM
Bridgewater State at Framingham State
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4:30 PM
New Rochelle at SUNY ESF
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5:15 PM
Northland at North Central (Minn.)
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5:30 PM
Berry at Centre
Video Live Stats
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5:30 PM
Texas-Dallas at Hardin-Simmons
Video
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6:00 PM
Austin at University of Dallas
Video
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6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wilkes
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6:30 PM
Howard Payne at McMurry
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7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Roanoke
Video
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7:00 PM
Worcester State at Fitchburg State
Video
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7:00 PM
Lancaster Bible at Penn State-Berks
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7:00 PM
Southwestern at Trinity (Texas)
Video Live Stats
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8:00 PM
Covenant at Maryville (Tenn.)
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8:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats
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8:00 PM
Centenary (La.) at Colorado College
Video Live Stats
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8:00 PM
UC Santa Cruz at Cal St. East Bay
Live Stats
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8:30 PM
University of the Ozarks at LeTourneau
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8:30 PM
Hendrix at Millsaps
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8:30 PM
Central at Coe
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9:30 PM
Texas-Tyler at East Texas Baptist
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2:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Agnes Scott
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2:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Schreiner
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3:00 PM
Salem State at Massachusetts Maritime
Video
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3:00 PM
Geneseo State at Oneonta State
Video Live Stats
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3:00 PM
Cortland State at Potsdam State
Video Live Stats
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3:00 PM
Brockport State at New Paltz State
Live Stats
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3:00 PM
Oswego State at Plattsburgh State
Video Live Stats
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3:00 PM
Howard Payne at McMurry
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3:00 PM
Northland at North Central (Minn.)
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3:00 PM
Texas-Dallas at Hardin-Simmons
Video
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4:00 PM
Mount Mary at Grace Bible (MI)
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4:00 PM
Covenant at Wesleyan (Ga.)
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4:00 PM
Clarkson at Vassar
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4:00 PM
Geneva at Grove City
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4:00 PM
Valley Forge at Penn St.-Schuylkill
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4:00 PM
St. Lawrence at Bard
Video Live Stats
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4:00 PM
William Smith at Skidmore
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4:00 PM
Rochester Tech at RPI
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4:00 PM
Austin at University of Dallas
Video
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5:00 PM
Lancaster Bible at Penn State-Berks
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5:00 PM
Illinois Tech at Maranatha Baptist
Video
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5:00 PM
La Sierra at Mills
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6:00 PM
Anna Maria at Norwich
Video
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6:00 PM
Millsaps at Hendrix
Video Live Stats
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6:00 PM
Central at Coe
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6:00 PM
University of the Ozarks at LeTourneau
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6:00 PM
Texas-Tyler at East Texas Baptist
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7:00 PM
Bowdoin at MIT
Video
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7:00 PM
Endicott at Nichols
Live Stats
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7:00 PM
Smith at Coast Guard
Video
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7:30 PM
Berry at Centre
Video Live Stats
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7:30 PM
Virginia Wesleyan at Emory and Henry
Live Stats
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Cancelled
Texas A&M-Texarkana at Centenary (La.)
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9:00 PM
Southwestern at Trinity (Texas)
Video Live Stats
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10:00 PM
UC Santa Cruz at Cal St. East Bay
No contests today.
No contests today.