All-America Honors Continue For Lucas Coutinho

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

Photo courtesy of Ron HilliardPhoto courtesy of Ron Hilliard

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Thursday the 2016 NSCAA NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s All-America Teams.

This is the second year in a row the NSCAA recognized Coutinho, as the midfielder was named to the All-America First Team in 2015.

The senior finished the 2016 season second on the team in points with 16, scoring three goals and dishing out 10 assists. His 10 assists placed him 11th in the nation, ahead of anyone in the Sunshine State Conference. The Recife, Brazil native also finished in the Top 20 of the NCAA Division II in Assists Per Game, with 0.53.

The Sailfish finished 7-1-1 against members of the SSC, earning the No. 1 seed in the SSC tournament. PBA finished the 2016 season 13-5-1, advancing to the NCAA South Region Championship match.

The senior closes out his four-year Sailfish career playing in 63 matches, scoring 25 goals. He leaves the program currently sitting at the top spot in total assists with 37, and finishes with 87 total points.

Including Coutinho, the Sunshine State Conference had three student-athletes named to the NSCAA All-America teams. Both Jack Watson and Niklas Tasky of Lynn University were named to the first team.

This year’s 2016 NSCAA NCAA Division II All-America Teams feature a total of 70 players, who will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon on January 14, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in conjunction with the 2017 NSCAA Convention.

In addition to Coutinho’s All-America Second Team selection, he was named to the NSCAA All-South First Team with senior defender Michael O'Sullivan. The two of them were joined by senior defender Lucas Kuscevic and junior midfielder Charlie Dennis, as they were named to the NSCAA All-South Second Team.

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