Four Merrimack College men’s soccer players were named to United Soccer Coaches’ Association All-East Region Teams. It included First Team selections senior Lucas Rezende (Weymouth, Mass.)and graduate student Josue Ruiz Maya (Madero, Mexico), while junior Lars Sund (Stavanger, Norway) and freshman Filippo Begliardi Ghidini(Ravenna, Italy) were Second Team selections. It was announced Tuesday night by the association.
Rezende had a career-season as a senior. He started in every game as the keeper, boasting a career-high 11 shutouts, which was tied for third nationally among Division II goalkeepers. That earned him NE10 Goalkeeper of the Year honors from the conference. He allowed just 13 goals on the year, boasting a 0.61 goals-against-average, good for ninth among all Division II keepers. He was a D2CCA All-East Region First Team selection, NE10 Goalkeeper of the Year, and NE10 All-Conference First Team selection.
Ruiz Maya comes off a great year. He was named NE10 Defensive Player of the Year and a NE10 All-Conference First Team selection. He played in and started 20 games this year, picking up a career-high nine points on four goals and an assist. He earned NE10 All-Conference Second Team recognition during the 2016 season as well. He wraps up a career with seven goals and three assists, while seeing action in 66 career games.
Sund makes his second appearance, after he was named to the first team last year. The junior was also named to the D2CCA All-East Region First Team earlier this month. He started in all 21 games and finished with a team-high 22 points (6g, 10a), both a career-high. He had six multi-point games, including a season-high four points against Le Moyne (9/30). Sund was also named to the NE10 All-Conference First Team.
Begliardi Ghidini had a breakout season during his rookie campaign, capped off by being selected to the NE10 All-Conference First Team and All-Conference Rookie Team. He was also named NE10 Rookie of the Week on Oct. 9th. He led the team with seven goals to go along with four assists for 18 points. Begliardi Ghidini led the team with four game-winning goals as well.
The Warriors won the NE10 Championship this year for the first time in 20 years, while making a NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship First Round appearance. They also tied the single season record for most wins in a season.