Noon, Aoyama Named Academic All-District
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Spencer Noon ’13 and Julien Aoyama ’14 of the second-ranked Amherst men’s soccer team have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced today.
In order to be eligible, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 and have significant athletic credentials. First team honorees across eight districts are automatically considered for the Capital One Academic All-America team, which will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Two of just 46 student-athletes across all divisions to be recognized on the District I first team, Noon and Aoyama join Tufts’ Pat Bauer as the NESCAC’s lone representatives.
The program’s all-time leading goal scorer (46), Noon also became the first person in school history to crack the 100-point plateau with a pair of tallies against Trinity on Oct. 9. With nine career multi-goal games to his credit, he netted his first-ever hat trick in the season opener against Colby-Sawyer and has since factored into the scoring in 11 of the team’s 15 games.
Recording a marker in over half his squad’s outings, Noon currently leads the NESCAC in points (26) and goals (11) after a stellar 2011 campaign in which he was named both the conference Player of the Year and the ECAC Division III Offensive Player of the Year. Majoring in American studies, he was named to both the CoSIDA Academic All-District and NESCAC All-Academic teams last season.
A staple in the Lord Jeff lineup, Aoyama serves as an important cog in Amherst’s top-ranked defensive unit. Allowing just 28 shots on goal in 15 games, the Jeff backline has surrendered just two scores all season. Not giving up a single shot on goal on five different occasions, Amherst’s stout defense has posted 13 shutouts, while leading the nation in goals-against average (0.13) and shutout percentage (0.87).
One of the squad’s most versatile players, the biology major and 2011 NESCAC All-Academic honoree has also seen time in the midfield and forward, racking up four goals and three assists in 2012. In 52 career appearances, the at times offensive-minded Aoyama has amassed 17 points on six markers and five helpers.