MEDFORD, Mass. – Four members of the Elite Eight Tufts University men's soccer team have been named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III All-New England Region Teams. Seniors Conor Coleman and Tyler Kulcsar were named to the First Team, while senior Matt Zinner and junior Sterling Weatherbie earned spots on the Third Team.
All four Jumbos played big roles on a defense that only allowed two goals all season long, good enough for second in all of NCAA Division III. The All-Region recognitions are firsts in the careers for all four honorees.
Co-captain Coleman has been raking in the awards this season. He was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week for his performance in the semifinal and final of the NESCAC Tournament. Later that week, he was named to the All-NESCAC First Team and the NESCAC Player of the Year. Coleman led a defense that recorded 19 shutouts on the season. He scored two goals on the season and assisted on two others. He was also one of the Jumbos to successfully make penalty kicks in both NCAA tournament games against St. Joseph's and John Hopkins.
Kulcsar was also on the All-NESCAC First Team. He started 20 games on the season, the second most on the team. He did most of his work in the midfield, helping to keep pressure off the defense and creating opportunities on offense. He recorded one assist in the team's 3-0 win over Keene State in October. Last year, Kulcsar scored the game-winning goal in the national championship game.
The other co-captain, Weatherbie, was on the All-NESCAC Second Team. He has done a great job all year long playing on the back line with Coleman and Zinner, keeping the ball out of the Jumbos' net. He also scored two goals on offense, the most recent of which came in the squad's NESCAC quarterfinal win over Bates. Weatherbie was also a key component offensively on set pieces and throw-ins.
This is Zinner's first award of the season and it was well deserved. Aside from Coleman and Weatherbie, he played the most minutes on the stout Tufts defensive unit. He also could constantly be seen darting through the opposing midfield with the ball at his feet, creating opportunities for the offense. He was credited with two assists on the year, but his efforts set up many free kicks and chances for the Jumbo offense that don't appear on the stat sheet.
The past three seasons that these four have spent playing together, the team has gone 41-12-9, making at least the Sweet Sixteen all three years, and winning a national championship in 2016. As freshmen, these three seniors were also a part of the 2014 national championship team.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern