Wirz Named to D3soccer.com All-America Third Team
AMHERST, Mass. - The postseason accolades keep pouring in for Amherst senior defender Gabriel Wirz '15 who was recently named to the D3soccer.com All-America Third Team as announced by the website.
The three men's All-America teams are comprised of 33 total players representing 24 schools. Ten of this year's honorees are repeat selections, the most men's repeats in the short history of the D3soccer.com awards. Moreover, three members of Messiah's stellar out-going senior class represent the first ever three-time All-Americans, two of which were named to the first team for the past three years. They were joined by another repeat first team honoree.
Wirz earned NSCAA Scholar All-America honors; Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades; Second Team All-NSCAA Region laurels; and was a Second Team All-NESCAC selection.
Wirz was a standout on one of the best defenses in the country, helping Amherst keep 10 clean sheets en route to a 14-1-6 overall record, and the team’s third straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship sectional round. Wirz was not only the anchor of the Jeffs’ backline, but was a scoring threat as well as he netted three goals, including two game-winners, and assisted on four others. Wirz scored the winner in a non-league showdown with Western New England University at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass. on Oct. 1, and then connected for the game-clinching score in the Purple & White’s 3-2 thriller over Conn. College in the NESCAC Championship semifinals.
Wirz helped lead the Purple & White to a 7-1-2 NESCAC mark and the second seed in the conference tournament. Amherst posted a 1-0 victory over Colby, and a 3-2 win over Conn. College before playing to a 0-0 double overtime draw with Bowdoin in the title game, eventually falling on penalty kicks. The Jeffs earned an at large bid to the NCAA postseason and downed Fitchburg State, 2-0 in opening round action. Amherst then played to a 1-1 double overtime draw with St. Lawrence before advancing on penalty kicks. The Jeffs then played its second straight double overtime game (0-0) against Brandeis - and third in four games - and were knocked out in the penalty kick shootout.
Wirz joins Tufts' Sam Williams who was named to the website's first team, and Jumbos' head coach Josh Shapiro who was named the coach of the year, as the league's lone representatives on the D3soccer.com All-America teams