(LIU Post Press Release) After leading the LIU Post men’s soccer team to a second-consecutive NCAA Division II East Region Championship, senior midfielder Per Forgaard, junior goalkeeper Jesper Malmstrom and Head Coach Andreas Lindberg were named the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s (ECAC) Offensive, Defensive Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.
In addition to the major awards, senior midfielder Matias Ruiz (Southampton) was a first-team selection. Junior forward Jason Lampkin, and backs David Arvidsson and Seb Baxter were second-team honorees.
Forgaard, a D2CCA and NSCAA All-American, All-East Region and All-East Coast Conference selection, as well as the D2CCA East Region and ECC Offensive Player of the Year, caps his career in Brookville with his third Player of the Year honor. He led the Pioneers with 13 goals and 13 assists for a 39-point output. The senior ranked in the Top-20 in Division II in nearly every offensive category and led the ECC in goals, points and shots (58), and was sixth with two-game winners. Ruiz was third on the team with 21 points (seven goals, seven assists).
Malmstrom, an NSCAA All-East Region second-team honoree and the 2015 ECC Goalkeeper of the Year, compiled a 13-3-3 record between the pipes. He finished with six shutouts and ranked 43rd in Division II in goals-against average (1.04).
Lampkin, an NSCAA All-East Region and All-ECC first-team selection, finished second on the team with 23 points (seven goals, nine assists), while Arvidsson, an NSCAA All-American, NSCAA All-East Region and All-ECC first-team honoree, and Baxter, a D2CCA All-East Region and All-ECC first-team recipient, anchored an LIU Post defense that gave up 24 goals in 21 total games. Baxter also converted the game-winning penalty kick in the East Region title game against Southern New Hampshire University.
Lindberg, the 2015 NSCAA East Region and ECC Coach of the Year, led the Pioneers to their second-straight “Elite Eight” appearance and third ECC title in four years. Since arriving at LIU Post, Lindberg, the program’s winningest coach, has accumulated an overall record of 103-28-12. He is also the first coach in the team’s history to reach the 100-win milestone.