MEDFORD - Seniors Conor Coleman and Tyler Kulcsar of the Tufts University men's soccer team were announced tonight as members of the United Soccer Coaches Division III All-America teams. The 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-American teams were released in conjunction with the championship banquet for the NCAA "Final Four" in Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend. Three All-American teams were named.
Coleman is one of 16 players in the nation named to the All-America first team. He is the only player from the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) on the first team and one of just two players from New England schools. Kulcsar, a third-team All-American, and Coleman are the only two NESCAC players on the three All-American teams. They are two of the five total New England players honored with the national award.
The Jumbo duo helped lead Tufts to its first NESCAC championship this season. Head coach Josh Shapiro's team hosted NCAA Regional and Sectional rounds, advancing to the "Elite Eight." The Jumbos finished 15-2-4 overall including a 7-1-2 mark during the NESCAC season which earned first place.
Both Coleman and Kulcsar were on the All-NESCAC and United Soccer Coaches All-New England first teams. Coleman was the NESCAC Player of the Year.
Both players were important components to a Jumbo defense that recorded 19 shutouts on the season. With Coleman at center-back and Kulcsar playing defensive midfield, the Jumbos' 0.09 goals against average ranks second nationally. Tufts allowed just 50 shots on goal in 21 games, an average of 2.38 per match.
Coleman scored two goals on the season, both on PKs including the game-winner in NESCAC action against Colby College. He 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 as the Jumbos advanced to the national quarterfinals. In additon to helping keep pressure off the defense, Kulcsar created 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.