Tovar, Kapusta earn All-American honors
Courtesy of Dominican University, Sports Information Department
RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released the 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru Men's NCAA Division III Men's All-America Team, with Dominican University's Lio Tovar (Cicero, Ill.) and Mike Kapusta (Bartlett, Ill.) landing on the elite team which recognizes the top 40 players in the country.
The pair becomes the eighth and ninth players in Dominican University to receive the prestigious honor with Tovar becoming just the third player in Dominican history to garner All-American First Team honors, joining Erik Elizondo (2004) and David Niederholtmeyer (2005). A junior forward, Tovar tallied eight goals and four assists for a total of 20 points. In a win over Rockford College, Tovar tallied back-to-back goals just 95 seconds apart, the 20th fastest consecutive goals by the same player in NCAA Division III history.
Kapusta, a second team selection, was the offensive leader on the nation's fourth-ranked offense totaling 15 goals and 12 assists for a total of 42 points. The Stars' senior midfielder ranked sixth in the nation in total points, ninth in assists and 18th in goals and was named the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) Offensive Player of the Year.
Tovar, Kapusta and the Stars finished the season with a 19-1-2 overall record, setting a program record for winning percentage (.909). In the process, Dominican captured its fifth straight NAC regular season and tournament championship as well as securing the program's ninth consecutive bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.