Amherst Men Earn Academic Distinction; Four Jeffs Named NSCAA Award Winners



AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s and women’s soccer teams were well represented when the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced its postseason awards this week. The Lord Jeff men’s team registered the highest grade-point-average in Division I, II or III for the second consecutive year, while four student-athletes were named to All-Region and All-America Teams.

The NSCAA recognized those squads that maintained a team GPA above a 3.0 for the 2008-09 academic year. Of the 143 men’s teams to earn the prestigious academic distinction, Amherst landed atop the list with a 3.47 average. Mount Union College also finished the year with a 3.47 GPA to tie Amherst for top honors.

Earning All-America Second Team honors for the 22nd-ranked Lord Jeff men was Matt Lewis (Wayland, MA), a senior co-captain. An All-NESCAC First Team selection this fall and the 2006 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Lewis posted career numbers for Amherst this season. Five of his seven career goals came in 2009, including a pair of game winners. He also anchored a defense that finished third in the NESCAC in goals-against average (0.70).

Also earning recognition from the NSCAA from the Amherst men’s team is senior co-captain G.L. Genco (Happauge, NY), a Second Team All-New England West Region selection. After playing his rookie and sophomore seasons at Connecticut College, Genco transferred to Amherst and was named a captain as a junior. During his two seasons at Amherst, the Lord Jeffs posted a 27-8-4 record, while the defensive center midfielder twice earned All-NESCAC honors. Additionally, both Lewis and Genco will graduate with the class of 2010 as the winningest class in program history with a four year record of 54-12-8.

Murphy earned NSCAA All-America honors for the second straight season after landing on the All-New England Region’s First Team. Murphy earned NSCAA All-New England honors in each of her four seasons at Amherst, and also holds the distinct honor of earning a spot on the NESCAC’s First Team for four consecutive years. Murphy was the 2006 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and the conference’s Player of the Year as a junior in 2008. This is the second time in as many years Murphy has been named to the NSCAA All-America Second Team. With 28 goals and 16 assists for 72 points in 71 career games, Murphy will go down as one of the best players in program history.

Joining Murphy on the All-New England Team is sophomore Jill Kochanek (Pittsburgh, PA), a central defender for the Lord Jeffs. After scoring a pair of goals in a 6-1 win over 15th-ranked Middlebury College and helping Amherst to a shutout win over Bates the following day, Kochanek was named the NESCAC Player of the Week.

For a complete list of All-Region and All-America honorees, please visit the NSCAA website.