Aoyama, Lerner Honored By D3soccer.com
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. – Posting a 17-0-3 mark en route to its third NCAA Quarterfinals berth, the Amherst men’s soccer team continued to add to its list of postseason honors, with defenders Julien Aoyama ’14 and Chris Lerner ’13 each earning a spot on the D3soccer.com All-America teams.
Garnering praise on the first team, Aoyama was also named the site’s Defender of the Year, while Lerner picked up a third team selection. Two of just 33 student-athletes nationwide to be honored, the duo joined Williams’ Than Finan ’13 as the NESCAC’s lone representatives.
Surrendering just three goals over 20 games, the Jeffs never trailed during a match this fall, while posting the second-lowest team goals-against average (0.15) in Division III history. Allowing just 2.05 shots on goal per game, the Amherst backline helped record 17 clean sheets, while leading the nation in shutout percentage (0.85).
Also a NSCAA/Continental Tire first team honoree, Aoyama made an impact in the attacking third as well, tying for fourth on the team and leading all NESCAC defenders with 12 points on four goals and four assists. A first team All-League and All-New England pick, Lerner served as the catalyst to many of the Jeffs’ set pieces, notching three assists and crucially factoring into both of the team’s goals in a victory over archrival and previously unbeaten Williams in the NESCAC Championship game.