Kovacs Named to Academic All-District Second Team


AMHERST, MA – College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced today its 2009 Academic All-District Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams, which are presented by ESPN the Magazine. Amherst College sophomore goalkeeper Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) represents the Lord Jeff soccer programs by earning a spot on the All-District Second Team for District 1.

Kovacs boasts an impressive 3.91 grade point average as a double major in physics and economics. Of the 22 student-athletes named to a First or Second Team from District 1, Kovacs’ GPA is the fourth highest. He is one of five NESCAC student-athletes selected to an Academic All-District Team, joining Wesleyan University’s Jory Kahan (First Team) and Keisuke Yamashita (Second Team), Connecticut College’s Mickey Lenzi (First Team) and Nick Pugiliese of Williams College (Second Team).

Heading into the 2009 regular season finale, Kovacs leads the NESCAC in shutouts (8), is second in goals-against average (0.57) and is third in save percentage (.868). Kovacs has been a part of seven consecutive shutouts for Amherst, as he has not surrendered  a goal in his past 580 minutes in net.

Putting together a dominant shutout streak is nothing new to Kovacs, who posted seven consecutive shutouts during the 2008 postseason to lead Amherst to its first ever NESCAC title and second trip to the NCAA semifinals. Perhaps his most impressive performance last year came in a 1-0 win over then-top-ranked Trinity (TX) in the national quarterfinals, during which he saved a penalty kick in the 70th minute to keep the Lord Jeffs’ season alive.

Kovacs and the Lord Jeffs (10-2-1, 5-2-1 NESCAC) will travel to take on Trinity College (10-2-1, 5-2-1) Friday, Oct. 30 in the 2009 regular season finale. The NESCAC Championship quarterfinal round will be held Sunday, Nov. 1 at sites to be determined. Read more about Amherst’s playoff scenarios and Friday’s game at Trinity.