Four Jeffs Earn NSCAA All-Region Honors
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Four Amherst student-athletes added to their growing list of postseason accolades with selections to the 2011 NSCAA Division III Men’s Soccer All-New England region teams.
Junior Spencer Noon (Farmington, Conn.) and senior Thebe Tsatsimpe (Johannesburg, S.Africa) each garnered first team recognition while Jae Heo ’14 (Changwon, S.Korea) and Alejandro Sucre ’13 (Caracas, Venezuela) were named to the All-New England second team.
The conference’s Player of the Year, Noon led the league in scoring en route to his second all-region selection. Recording a point in 14 of the Jeffs’ 20 games this season Noon finished with 35 points and 15 goals, ranking first in the NESCAC in both categories.
Enjoying an early stretch in which he recorded a goal in five-consecutive games, Noon closed out the year just as strong, tallying three goals and an assist in Amherst’s three NCAA Tournament games. In just 52 appearances over the course of three seasons, the Farmington, Conn. native has already set the program record for goals (35) and points (83).
Wrapping up a decorated four-year career in Purple and White, Tsatsimpe has helped provide stability in the Lord Jeff midfield, starting 34 of his 35 appearances over the last two seasons. Playing an integral role in both Amherst’s defensive and offensive efforts, the senior midfielder consistently helped the league’s highest scoring offense make a seamless transition into the attacking third throughout 2011, finishing the year tied for sixth in the conference in helpers (5).
A member of a senior class that helped Amherst notch a 56-13-10 overall mark en route to two NESCAC titles, three NCAA Round of 16 berths and a national semifinal appearance in 2008, Tsatsimpe closes out his career with 14 points on one goal and 12 assists.
Returning to Amherst after a two year stint in the South Korean navy as part of his nation’s mandatory military service requirement, Heo has picked up right where he left off, earning second team All-NESCAC and All-Region accolades after helping the Jeffs to a 16-2-2 overall record.
Finishing the season tied for second in the league in both points (22) and goals (9), the sophomore forward recorded a point in nine of Amherst’s contests this season including a stretch of three-straight games with a marker. Matching a season-high with two goals in a 4-2 NCAA second round win over ECSU, he upped his career total to 21, while having amassed 50 points in just two years.
Enjoying a breakout season in which he set career highs in points (17), goals (6) and assists (5), Sucre earned a second team all-region nod after also being named to the all-NESCAC squad earlier this season.
Registering a point in eight games, the Caracas, Venezuela native was especially effective during Amherst’s tournament run, tallying a goal and two assists in three contests. Through three seasons, Sucre has collected 29 points on 11 goals and seven assists, making 40 appearances.