Lennard Kovacs '12 Named to Prestigious Academic All-America Team


AMHERST, MA – Amherst College goalkeeper Lennard Kovacs ’12 (Wolfersdorf, Germany) has been named to the prestigious ESPN Academic All-America Men’s Soccer Second Team (College Division), the College Sports Information Directors of America announced today.

Kovacs joins some of the country’s most gifted men’s soccer players, as the All-America program honors those who are both standout athletes and exceptional students. To be considered for the award, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30, have outstanding athletic credentials, and be nominated by the college’s sports information director.

The 32 men’s soccer players named to this year’s Academic All-America First, Second or Third Team boast an average GPA of 3.90. Kovacs is the lone representative from the NESCAC and is one of only four students chosen from District 1. He is the 23rd student-athlete in school history to earn an Academic All-America honor from CoSIDA, but he is the first from the men’s soccer program to earn the prestigious award, which has been given annually since 1952.

As one of only three goalkeepers selected to an Academic All-America Team in the College Division, Kovacs has established himself as one of the best backstops in Division III. In addition to boasting a cumulative GPA of 3.83 while majoring in economics and physics, he has posted a career record of 37-9-7 with 24 shutouts, a 0.63 goals-against average and save percentage of .840 in more than 4,700 minutes played.

Kovacs is in the midst of yet another stellar season that has led Amherst back to the NCAA Tournament, currently allowing a mere 0.57 goals per 90 minutes to go along with a 13-2-3 record, six shutouts and a save percentage of .825. In 15 career postseason games, Kovacs is 10-4-1 with 10 shutouts, surrendering an average of 0.79 goals per game while stopping 81.5 percent of shots faced. In the 2008 postseason he recorded seven consecutive shutouts, stopping three penalty kicks along the way.

This Saturday Kovacs will be up against a Bowdoin team that leads the NESCAC in goals per game (2.53). When the Jeffs and Polar Bears met in the 2010 season opener on Sept. 11, Bowdoin held a 17-7 edge in shots and played the final 30 minutes of the game with an 11-on-10 advantage due to an Amherst red card, but Kovacs made nine saves in 110 minutes to earn the impressive shutout.

Saturday’s game is set to begin at 1 p.m. and will feature live statistics and a webcast. The winner will advance to Sunday’s national quarterfinals to play either Middlebury or Babson at 1 p.m.

A complete list of this year's Academic All-America honorees will be made available on the CoSIDA website.