Five Men's Soccer Player Named All-Region

Thursday, December 11, 2014
 

men's soccer all-region The Muhlenberg men’s soccer team tied a program record by placing five members on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Mid-Atlantic Region team.

Senior Lance Dotzman was selected to the first team, while seniors Danny Pinto, Joe Adams and Bryan Attanasio earned second-team honors and senior Travis Wantchekon landed on the third team.

The Mules previously had five all-region selections in 2010 when, like this year, they reached the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament. The 2014 squad won the Centennial Conference championship and finished with a record of 15-2-3, falling in the NCAAs to eventual national champion Tufts.

Dotzman (above left), the CC player of the year, led Muhlenberg with 30 points on 13 goals and four assists. Three of his goals came in the postseason, including the lone goal of the CC semifinal win against Dickinson. He finished his career with a total of 53 points.

Pinto (above second from left) played all but 45 minutes in goal in his first season as a full-time starter, compiling a 0.64 goals-against average and .819 save percentage. He recorded 10 shutouts, including two in the CC playoffs and two more in the NCAA Tournament.

Adams (above center) was recognized not just for his defensive abilities, but also for being a threat on the offensive end with his long throws. The starting back tied for the team lead with six assists, five of them on throws. He also scored a goal in a key win against Swarthmore and added another in the NCAA Tournament against Baruch.

Attanasio (above second from right) served as a team captain and led a defense that allowed only 13 goals in 20 games, recorded shutouts in four of five postseason games and ranked 20th in Division III in team goals-against average. The four-year starter at right back also took many of the Mules’ corner kicks and free kicks and converted a penalty kick in the NCAA second-round shootout win against Catholic.

Wantchekon (above right) had a breakout season, ranking second on the Mules with 20 points after entering the year with a career total of six points. He tied for the team lead in assists and scored Muhlenberg’s first goal of the NCAA Tournament.
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