Three Sailfish Players Earn NCCAA All-American Honors
December 10, 2014
Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations
GREENVILLE, S.C.- Following last week’s conclusion of the NCCAA National Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer team can now boast three All-Americans as selected by the organization on Wednesday. Junior Tom Gavin earned Continental Tire/NCCAA All-American first-team honors while senior Daniel Pena and Lucas Coutinho were selected to the All-American second-team.
In addition to the All-American accolades the Sailfish also saw Pena and Coutinho earn All-Tournament honors following the team’s 2-1 showing at the NCCAA National Tournament and a trip to the Final Four.
Off the field it was once again Pena leading the way as one of three players selected as NCCAA Scholar-Athletes while joined by fellow seniors Mpumelelo Matutu and Branden Langenberg.
Gavin earned the NCCAA All-American first-team selection after completing his first season in a Sailfish uniform. A native of Hartlepool, England, Gavin is a junior transfer from Bellhaven (Miss.) University and served as a team captain for the ‘Fish this season.
His leadership as a central midfielder proved crucial to the success of the Sailfish throughout the 2014 campaign as he finished the year with two goals and three assists while starting all 21 matches he played in .
Pena and Coutinho each earned NCCAA All-American second-team honors for the first time in their PBA careers as both were critical to the advancement of the team through the postseason run.
Coutinho rebounded from a tough early-season injury to post a team-leading 19 points on the year with five goals and nine assists. In his second season with the club out of Recife, Brazil, Coutinho is expected to once again be a major contributor to the PBA team in the years to come.
One of the most stable and reliable offensive talents for the ‘Fish this season came from Pena who completed his second season following his undergraduate playing career at Southern Wesleyan University. The Bogota, Columbia product led the ‘Fish with six goals while adding in five assists for a total of 17 points on the season.
Coutinho earned his spot on the All-Tournament team following a two goals, three assists performance in three matches over the course of the tournament.
To be eligible for NCCAA Scholar-Athlete recognition a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average as a junior or senior. The award was the first for all three players.
The PBA men’s soccer team finished their first campaign under head coach Brian McMahon with a 12-7-3 overall record and the NCCAA South Region championship.
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