Springfield, Mass. - December 2, 2016 - Senior forward and captain Luke Alvaro (Chicopee, Mass.) continues to be recognized for a remarkable final season with the Springfield College men's soccer program, as the local product was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Men's Soccer All-American, announced late Thursday evening.
Alvaro, who was recently named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year, and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Offensive Player of the Year, becomes the first Springfield College men's soccer student-athlete to garner All-America honors in Division III program history.
Alvaro's All-America recognition is the first for the men's soccer program at Springfield College since David Girouard was recognized following his senior year in 1992. Alvaro was the lone student-athlete from the NEWMAC to earn All-America honors, as he landed on the Second Team. Additionally, the senior was one of seven student-athletes from New England recognized.
Alvaro was also one of eight student-athletes from the NEWMAC to earn NSCAA Division III Men's Soccer All-New England honors, announced early Thursday morning. Of the eight student-athletes recognized, Alvaro was the lone representative of the conference on the First Team.
It was a historical season for the Pride, as Springfield College's 18 wins was a new program record, breaking the previous record of 17 wins set in 1989. Additionally, the maroon and white set the Division III program record for goals in a single season (69), fewest losses (2), and winning percentage (.881).
Alvaro had a dominating senior campaign, as he broke his own Division III program record for goals in a single season with 18. Alvaro's 37 career goals lands him third all-time in school history, while his 89 points in just three seasons places him second on the all-time list.