Athletics

Kovacs Named to Academic All-America Team

Contact: Ben Badua

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Lennard Kovacs '12 is the only Amherst men's soccer player to earn Academic All-America honors.

TOWSON, Md. – Senior goalkeeper Lennard Kovacs (Wolfersdorf, Germany) continued to add to his growing list of postseason accolades, earning recognition on the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men's Soccer team for a second-straight year.

A second-team selection in 2010, Kovacs once again earned a spot on the second-team while carrying a 3.88 grade-point average as an economics and physics double major. To be considered for the award, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 and have outstanding athletic credentials

The lone NESCAC representative on this year’s Academic All-America teams, Kovacs is one of 33 Division III student-athletes and just one of three goalkeepers nationwide to garner praise on the first, second or third team. The 23rd Lord Jeff to capture Academic All-America laurels, Kovacs is the only member of the Amherst men’s soccer program to earn the prestigious award and joins women’s swimming alum Kendra Stern ’11 as school’s only two-time recipients.

Bursting onto the scene as a first-year in 2008, Kovacs recorded a 0.63 goals-against average and 0.838 save percentage en route to a 12-3-3 rookie campaign. Equally impressive in his second season, he posted a 12-4-1 mark with a 0.70 GAA and 0.853 save percentage before going 13-2-4 as a junior with a career-best, 0.59 goals-against. Kovacs wrapped up his decorated four-year career with a 15-2-2 slate during the 2011 season, ranking third in the conference in shutouts (8) with a 0.72 GAA and 0.818 save percentage.

Over the course of four seasons the Wolfersdorf, Germany native as logged 6556:54 minutes in net, going 52-11-10 with a 0.66 goals-against average, 0.836 save percentage and 32 shutouts. During that span, Kovacs helped the Lord Jeffs capture a pair of NESCAC titles (2008, 2011), earn three berths into the NCAA Tournament round of 16 (2008, 2010, 2011) and the program’s second trip to the national semifinal in 2008.

2011  Capital One Academic All-America Div. III Men's Soccer Teams