Coutinho, Raymont, and Gavin Named 2015 NSCAA All-Americans
December 4, 2015
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer team added even more postseason accolades to their long list of accomplishments for the 2015 season. Junior Lucas Coutinho, and seniors Steeven Raymont and Tom Gavin were named All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Thursday evening.
Lucas Coutinho becomes the second Sailfish to be named to the NCAA/NSCAA All-America First Team in program history, with Kenny Hogg being selected to the First Team in 2012. The Recife, Brazil native had quite a season for himself in 2015, averaging .88 assists per game, landing him 3rd in the nation in the category. The midfielder finished the year tied for 8th in the country with 14 assists, which lead the Sailfish offense. Coutinho finished the season with eight goals, tallying him with 30 points, finishing fourth on the team despite missing four games due to injury.
“It’s truly an honor to be named the second NSCAA All-American in program history,” Coutinho said. “Honestly I couldn't have done it without the help of so many people in my life. First and foremost I would like to thank God, I also have to thank my teammates and coaches this year from PBA and from my PDL team, and my friends and family. I would also like to thank the entire Palm Beach Atlantic athletics staff, everyone has been very supportive of me and my teammates this year throughout the entire process and I wouldn't have been able to do it without any of them.”
Steeven Raymont and Tom Gavin were named to the 2015 NSCAA All-America Second Team, and together they become the second and third players in program history to receive the honor, with Sailfish scoring legend Kenny Hogg being the only other ‘Fish named to the NSCAA All-America Second Team in 2013.
Steeven Raymont put together an impressive season in net for the Sailfish, accumulating over 1,600 minutes of playing time. The Bazicourt, France native picked up nine clean sheets on the season, and only allowed opponents to score 20 goals this year.
“It has been a great year.” Raymont said on the honor. “The team has been amazing all season long, they all deserve an award in my mind. I'm really proud to be an all-American, and it feels great to end my senior season with this award.”
Tom Gavin started and played in 19 of 20 games this season for the Sailfish, missing one contest due to injury. The captain of the club accumulated over 1,300 minutes on the pitch this season, and the Englishman tallied 11 points scoring four goals and dishing out three assists on the campaign.
“Obviously it's a very proud moment for me and the guys who received the award but all the credit goes to the coaching staff and my teammates,” Gavin said. “Individual awards are a direct reflection on the success of the team and we had a history-making year for the school which is very pleasing for everyone involved.”
Coutinho, Raymont, and Gavin will be celebrated and recognized at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon held during the 2016 NSCAA Convention in Baltimore on Saturday, Jan. 16, starting at noon.
Click here for a full list of the 2015 NCAA Division II NSCAA All-Americans.