2008 Men's Soccer Milestones

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Recognized by the NSCAA as having the nation’s highest team GPA (3.48) across Divisions I, II and III
  • Ranked No. 3 in final NSCAA national poll
  • Finished with a 5-3-1 record in NESCAC play to earn the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament
  • Defeated No. 7 Wesleyan in NESCAC Championship Quarterfinals, 2-0
  • Defeated No. 3 Trinity in NESCAC Championship Semifinals, 1-0
  • Won program’s first conference title by defeating No. 1 Middlebury in NESCAC Championship Finals, 2-0
  • Advanced past WNEC in NCAA First Round on penalty kicks, 4-2
  • Defeated Saint Lawrence in NCAA Second Round, 1-0
  • Defeated Swarthmore in NCAA Round of 16, 1-0
  • Defeated Trinity (TX) in NCAA Round of 8, 1-0
  • Advanced to national semifinals for first time since 1997, ultimately falling to Stevens Institute of Technology, 4-1
  • Went on 13-game unbeaten streak from Oct. 11 to Nov. 23 (10-0-3)
  • Posted seven consecutive shutouts in the postseason
  • Finished at 15-4-3 overall, marking the second consecutive 15-win season
  • Led the NESCAC in goals per game (2.36) and assists (45)
  • Finished second in the NESCAC in goals-against average (0.74) and shutouts (12) and third in corner kicks per game (6.18)


INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Senior Forward Jake Duker

  • Named to NSCAA All-New England Third Team
  • Named to All-NESCAC First Team
  • Named to ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Second Team
  • Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team
  • Named to the Jewish Sports Review All-America Team
  • Named NESCAC Player of the Week Sept. 22 and Nov. 10
  • Led the NESCAC in points (35), points per game (1.67), goals (16), goals per game (0.76) and game-winning goals (7)
  • Set Amherst single-season record with 16 goals
  • Set Amherst career records in goals (34) and points (82)
  • Finished career with 34 goals and 14 assists for 82 points
  • Helped Amherst post a 51-14-9 record (.750) in four years

Senior Forward Mike Connolly

  • Named to NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship Team
  • Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team
  • Helped Amherst post a 30-6-4 record (.800) in his two years

Senior Defender Rory O’Connor

  • Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team
  • Helped Amherst post a 51-14-9 record (.750) in four years
  • Finished career with two goals and five assists for nine points

Senior Midfielder Nick Lynch

  • Named to NSCAA All-New England Fourth Team
  • Led the NESCAC in assists (10)
  • Finished career with 10 goals and 31 assists for 51 points
  • Helped Amherst post a 51-14-9 record (.750) in four years

Senior Defender Grayson Holland

  • Named to NSCAA All-America Third Team
  • Named to NSCAA All-New England First Team
  • Named to All-NESCAC First Team
  • Finished career with six goals and three assists for 15 points
  • Helped Amherst post a 51-14-9 record (.750) in four years

Senior Midfielder Joe Addison

  • Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team
  • Converted on Amherst’s final penalty kick in NCAA opening round game against WNEC
  • Finished career with three goals and two assists for eight points
  • Helped Amherst post a 51-14-9 record (.750) in four years

Senior Midfielder Taylor Brown

  • Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team
  • Scored three goals in first and final season

Senior Goalkeeper Jeff Grover

  • Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team
  • Finished career with 13 shutouts, 26 wins, a 1.54 goals-against average and a .800 save percentage
  • Helped Amherst post a 51-14-9 record (.750) in four years

Junior Midfielder G.L. Genco

  • Named to All-NESCAC Second Team

Junior Midfielder Rob Denious

  • Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team

Junior Defender Matt Lewis

  • Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team

Junior Midfielder Reid Wilson

  • Named to NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team

Sophomore Midfielder Ian Rothkopf

  • Finished tied for ninth in the NESCAC in assists (4)

First-year Goalkeeper Lennard Kovacs

  • Named NESCAC Co-Player of the Week Oct. 6
  • Finished second in the NESCAC in goals-against average (0.63) and shutouts (9) and fifth in save percentage (.833)
  • Posted seven consecutive shutouts in the postseason

First-year Midfielder James Mooney

  • Finished fourth on Amherst in points (4-1-9)

First-year Forward Jae Heo

  • Recorded a hat trick during a 3-0 win over Tufts on Oct. 4
  • Finished second in the NESCAC in points (28), third in goals (12) and game-winning goals (4) and tied for ninth in assists (4)