LIU Post, Adelphi MSOC Stars Net CCA Honors

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LIU Post's Lukas Ostermann. Photo: LIU Post

Five members of the LIU Post men’s soccer team have been named to the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) All-Region teams. In addition, four from Adelphi’s men’s soccer were also named to the DII CAA’s All-Region teams.

The All-Region First Team included the Pioneers’ Lukas Ostermann and Johan Maurtizson along with Adelphi’s Toni Soler (Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year and Guillermo Lazcano.

Ostermann, who was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, received First-Team nods after an impressive rookie campaign. The center forward is top-10 in the nation with 17 goals, compiled six assists, and is sixth in the nation with 40 points on the year. His rookie season culminated with six goals over LIU Post’s final two regular season games, earning him the United Soccer Coaches Division II National Player of the Week honor.

Maurtizson, the ECC Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the All-East First-Team for his efforts on defense. The center back captained a back-line that ranks second in the ECC with 15 goals allowed and 0.86 goals against average. His performance also helped LIU Post shut out seven opponents on the season, two of which came in back-to-back victories in the East Coast Conference Championship.

The ECC Second Team featured three members of LIU Post, Oliver Hessner Hansen, Charlie Ledula and Harry Pearse.

In his first season with the Pioneers, Hessner Hansen was named 2017 ECC Goalkeeper of the Year. The junior transfer made 74 saves on the year, good for an ECC-leading .831 save percentage. His save percentage was also ranked No. 9 in all of Division II.  Also, Hessner Hansen is first in the ECC with 0.86 goals against average.

Ledula, the 2016 D2CCA East Region Player of the Year, claims Second-Team nods after scoring 13 of LIU Post’s 53 goals of the season. The ECC First-Team All-Conference member is fourth in the conference in goals and points (27).

A former D2CCA All-East Region First Team, Pearse earns an All-East nod for the second time in his career following his final collegiate season. Playing mostly as a holding midfielder, Pearse, the workhorse of the team, is currently first on the team in assists (11), third on the team in goals (5) and points (21).

The Second Team also includes Adelphi’s Federico De Oliveira and forward Andre De Giorgi.

De Oliveira was the lone member of the quartet named D2CCA All-East Region last year, as Lazcano and De Giorgi were honored this season in their first year in the Brown and Gold.

Lisbon, Portugal, native De Giorgi led the team and ranked fourth in the NE10 with 12 goals this season, including the game-tying effort in Adelphi’s 2-1 double-overtime victory over Goldey-Beacom in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.