Four Jeffs Named to Capital One Academic All-District Teams

Contact: Ben Badua


AMHERST, Mass. - Amherst College soccer student-athletes Lennard Kovacs ’12 (Wolfersdorf, Germany), Sam Kaplan ’12 (Brunswick, Maine), Spencer Noon ’13 (Farmington, Conn.) and Jill Kochanek ’12 (Pittsburgh, Pa.) have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced today.

In order to be eligible, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 and have significant athletic credentials. First team honorees across eight districts are automatically considered for the Capital One Academic All-America team, which will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

A three-time All-District honoree, Kovacs maintains a 3.88 grade-point average as an economics and physics double major. The senior co-captain, who became the first Amherst men’s soccer student-athlete to garner Academic All-America honors with a second-team selection last season, has enjoyed another stellar statistical season in the Lord Jeff net, ranking fourth in the NESCAC in goals-against average (0.64) and save percentage (.839). With six shutouts on the season, Kovacs has upped his career total to 30 while improving his record to 48-10-10.

Anchoring the Amherst backline has been Kaplan, a senior co-captain who maintains a 3.53 cumulative grade-point average as a history major. The Brunswick native has played an integral role in the Lord Jeffs’ defensive efforts this season, leading a unit that has allowed just 10 goals in 15 games. Amherst has posted the second most shutouts in the NESCAC (9) while surrendering one goal or fewer in all but three games.

An American studies major with a 3.40 GPA, Noon has helped power a dynamic Lord Jeff offense that currently leads the league in goals per game (2.47). He has netted a goal or an assist in 10 of the team’s 15 contests this season and currently leads the conference in points (36) and goals (11). With 31 career goals and 74 points, the junior forward stands just four markers and nine points shy of setting the program record in both categories.

One of three co-captains, Kochanek has helped the undefeated Lord Jeffs set a program record for consecutive victories (15) while maintaining a 3.65 GPA as a law, jurisprudence and social thought major. One of just two NESCAC representatives on the women's soccer Academic All-District team, Kochanek has anchored a stingy Amherst backline that has allowed a league-low seven goals. Surrendering just one goal in their first eight games, the Jeffs have posted nine shutouts in 2011 - two shy of matching a program record.

2011 Capital One Academic All-District Men's Soccer Teams

2011 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Soccer Teams