NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s soccer team is taking home some more hardware this postseason. Senior Mirko Nufi leads the way once again earning a United Soccer Coaches All-Northeast Region nod. The senior back adds this to his already excellent postseason awards collection that includes a Northeast Conference (NEC) Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference. Grad student goalkeeper Lucas Rezende and sophomore back Francesco Dondini earned second team honors. Rezende adds this to his first team all-conference award that he earned in November. This is Dondini’s first award of the postseason.
Nufi was the backbone of the Merrimack defensive unit that let up only 12 goals in 16 games this season, which was good enough for second best in school history. The Warriors averaged 0.75 goals against during the year, which was good enough for a top 15 ranking in the country and ranked first overall in the NEC.
Rezende finished his Merrimack career as one the best goalkeepers in school history. During his first year on Division I play, he ranked 38th in the country in goals against average with 0.72. He led the NEC in save percentage for those who qualify with .815. Rezende also ranks fifth in Merrimack school history in minutes played with 5212:36, third in career wins with 39, and second in shutouts with 25.
Dondini was also a part of the stifling Merrimack College defense that gave up less then a goal during the 2019 season. The sophomore back started every game and will be an important part next year for a Warriors team that won the NEC in their first year of affiliation.