Springfield, Mass. - August 31, 2016 - Senior forward Luke Alvaro (Chicopee, Mass.) of the Springfield College men's soccer program has been named a Preseason First-Team All-American by HERO Sports, announced earlier this week. After a record-breaking junior campaign, Alvaro becomes the first student-athlete in Division III program history to earn Preseason All-America honors.
Alvaro is just one of seven student-athletes from New England named a Preseason All-American by HERO Sports, while Brandeis' Josh Ocel and Alvaro were the only two student-athletes from the region named to the First Team. Additionally, Alvaro is the only student-athlete to represent the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference on the Preseason All-America squads.
Alvaro, elected as a captain prior to his senior year, helped lead the Pride to its second ECAC Division III New England Championship in the last three seasons in 2015, as he registered a Division III program-record 16 goals last year, surpassing Ryan Malone '15, who tallied 13 markers in 2013. David Girouard still holds the all-time program record for goals in a season, when he posted 21 in 1989.
Last season, Alvaro helped Springfield to one of its best seasons in program history. Capping the year with an ECAC New England Championship, the Pride, which played in its fourth postseason championship game in the last five seasons, finished its historic 2015 season with an overall record of 16-4-2, breaking the Division III program record for total wins (16) and fewest losses (4) in a single season. Additionally, the Pride finished its 2015 campaign with a winning percentage of .810, the highest in the program's Division III history. Overall, the Pride recorded 57 goals, breaking it's previous Division III program record of 50, which was set in 2013.
Along with being named an ECAC All-Star last season, Alvaro garnered National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region Honors, as well as being named First Team All-Conference by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) at season's end.