The D3 Men’s Soccer season kicks off this weekend, and we’ve looked over the stats and chosen some of the stars from last season’s campaign.
The best of the best have been selected to our Division3Sports News Preseason All-American Team.
Congratulations to our picks, and best of luck this season!
Hill Bonen, Sr./GK – UChicago
Tending the net for the top defense in the nation last season, UChicago keeper Hill Bonen led the Maroons to several team records in 2016 – most wins (17), fewest goals allowed (8) and most shutouts (15).
Bonin finished the season with a 0.40 goals against average, .852 save percentage, a 17-1-2 record and a school-record 13 shutouts. He was named an NSCAA Third-Team All-American and is curretnly UChicago’s all-time shutouts leader with 25.
Wyatt Fabian, Sr./D – Franklin & Marshall
Wyatt Fabian started in all 23 of Franklin & Marshall’s games last season while anchoring a defense that held the second-lowest goals against average in the Centennial Conference at 0.79 – he tallied one goal and four assists on the offensive end as well.
An NSCAA D3 Third-team All-American last season, Fabian was also a First-Team East Coast Athletic Conference, Landmark Conference, and NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Region First-Team honoree.
Marcelo Cunha, Sr./D – Mass-Boston
An NSCAA Second-Team All-American last season, Marcelo Cunha started and appeared in 22 of the Beacons’ 23 games in 2016. The senior from Brazil set a new UMass Boston program record with his 22 starts in a single-season.
Cunha recorded a career-high three goals, one assist and seven points on a total of 17 shots – seven on goal. He posted his first collegiate game-winning goal last season and anchored a Beacons’ back-line that allowed a league-best 0.67 goals per game. Cunha was also named to the NSCAA All-Region and Little East Conference First-Teams.
Will Sjaastad, Jr./D – Rowan
Last season’s New Jersey Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Rowan’s Will Sjaastad had 19 starts in the Profs’ 20 games in 2016. He totaled five goals and two assists for 12 points on the season, and had the game-winner against SUNY Oneonta.
Sjaastad was named to the NSCAA All-American Second-Team, the South Atlantic All-Region First-Team, and was also named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Star Team.
Christian Sakshaug, Jr./MF – Trinity (TX)
The Tiger’s assist leader last season, Trinity (TX) defender Christian Sakshaug finished with 11 helpers on the season, along with two goals – including one game-winner.
Sakshaug finished the season with 15 points and was also named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Offensive MVP. An All-SCAC First-Team selection, Sakshaug was also tabbed NSCAA All-American Second-Team and All-West Region First-Team.
Jimmy Grace, Sr./MF – Christopher Newport
CNU’s Jimmy Grace was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring with 32 points. The first team All-CA selection became just the third player in league history to have earned both Rookie and Player of the Year honors during his career.
Grace spearheaded one of the top offensive units in the nation, notching career best performances in every statistical category. He led the nation’s 23rd-ranked scoring offense as CNU was limited to fewer than two goals only three times in 2016 which included a run of seven straight multiple-goal games to start the season – a stretch in which Grace tallied at least one point in each. He finished the year with 13 goals and six assists, including a pair of goals in the NCAA Tournament.
Nicco Capotosto, Jr./MF – UChicago
Last season’s University Athletic Association Most Valuable Player and First-Team All-UAA selection, UChicago’s Nicco Capotosto started 18 out of 19 games for the Maroons during the 2016 campaign.
Capotosto collected six assists, including a pair in two NCAA postseason contests and was an integral part of a defensive unit that set new school records with 15 shutout, eight goals allowed, and a 0.39 goals against average.
Laurence Wyke, Jr./MF – Trinity (TX)
Leading the Tiger defense which produced 14 clean-sheets last season, junior Laurence Wyke and the Trinity (TX) back-line held opponents to only 16 goals over 24 match-ups. Offensively, Wyke scored seven goals (two game-winners) and shelled out two assists for 16 points.
Wyke was selected as the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, the SCAC Tournament Defensive MVP, and was named an NSCAA First-Team All-American.
Nick Kapetanos, Sr./F – Benedictine
Benedictine midfielder Nick Kapetanos finished third in the country with a school record 27 goals and second nationally with 61 points after adding seven assists for the Eagles during his junior campaign. He led the country with 13 game-winning goals and was selected as the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Kapetanos holds the conference record for game-winning goals in both a season and career, and is just a single goal away from tying the conference record. Kapetanos was also named an NSCAA First Team All-American and All-Central Region honoree – he is a three-time all-region player.
Fabio De Sousa, So,/F – Rutgers-Newark
A four-time New Jersey Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week last season, Rutgers-Newark forward Fabio De Sousa appeared in 24 contests during 2016, starting in 18. The freshman phenom helped the Scarlet Raiders win a program-record 21 games on their way to the team’s first-ever NCAA Division III Elite Eight berth. He led R-N with 36 points on 14 goals and eight assists including eight game-winners. His 14 scores were good for a second place tie in the conference and he tied for fourth in the NJAC with eight assists.
De Sousa was named a First-Team NSCAA All-America selection and was named NJAC Rookie of the Year along with First-Team All-NJAC
Max Lopez, Jr./F – UChicago
As a sophomore Max Lopez started all 20 games in 2016 for UChicago and led the team in scoring with 13 goals and 12 assists on the season, including three game-winning goals.
Lopez tallied four multi-goal games, including a three goal game against Wartburg. A two-time University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week, Lopez was tabbed an NSCAA First-Team All-American, All-Region, and All-UAA. After last season.
Austin Michaelis, Jr./F – Trinity (TX)
Trinity’s Austin Michaelis sparked a Tiger offense which scored a total of 69 goals during the 2016 campaign (2.88 goals per game). He led the team with 11 goals, along with five game-winners.
In addition, Michaelis dished out nine helpers and paced the Tigers with 31 points. The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year for 2016, Michaelis was also tabbed a First-Team NSCAA All-Region and All-American.