Merrimack’s Rezende, Ruiz Maya named All Americans by USCA
The postseason awards continued to come in for the Merrimack College men’s soccer team, as senior keeper Lucas Rezende (Weymouth, Mass.) and graduate student Josue Ruiz Maya (Madero, Mexico) were named to the United Soccer Coaches’ Association All-America teams. Rezende garnered First-Team honors, while Maya earned Third-Team recognition, the association announced Wednesday night.
Rezende was named the associations’ First Team on Tuesday earlier this week. He was also named to the D2CCA All-East Region First Team, named NE10 Goalkeeper of the Year, and was a NE10 All-Conference First Team selection. He was also named NE10 Goalkeeper of the Week (10/2). Rezende finished the year with a 16-3-2 record, making all 20 starts for the Warriors, while posting a career-high 11 shutouts. Those were tied third nationally among Division II keepers, while his 0.61 goals-against-average was good for ninth nationally.
Maya was also named to the United Soccer Coaches’ Association All-East Region First Team this week, as well as being named NE10 Defensive Player of the Year. He played in 17 games during his final year, picking up a career-high nine points on four goals and an assist. He also earned NE10 All-Conference First Team honors this year, along with Second Team honors during the 2016 season.
Both players helped guide the Warriors to a NE10 Tournament Championship title, their first one in 20 years, while also tying a single-season record of 16 wins in a season.