Wirz, Pascual-Leone Named NSCAA All-Region

Wirz, Pascual-Leone Named NSCAA All-Region


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Amherst College men's soccer players Gabriel Wirz '15 and Nico Pascual-Leone '16 were named to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Men's All-New  England Region Second Team as recently announced by the organization.

Wirz was named Second Team All-NESCAC following the 2014 regular season, and also earned Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American and All-District status following his senior campaign. Wirz was a standout on one of the best defenses in the country, helping Amherst keep 10 clean sheets en route to a 14-1-6 overall record, and the team's third straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship sectional round. Wirz was not only the anchor of the Jeffs' backline, but was a scoring threat as well as he netted three goals, including two game-winners, and assisted on four others. Wirz scored the winner in a non-league showdown with Western New England University at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass. on Oct. 1, and then connected for the game-clinching score in the Purple & White's 3-2 thriller over Conn. College in the NESCAC Championship semifinals.

Pascual-Leone was also named to the second team following his stellar junior campaign. Pascual-Leone was Amherst's leader in all three major offensive statistical categories including goals (7), assists (8), and points (22). For his efforts, he was named First Team All-NESCAC following the 2014 season after netting three game-winners this season, all against conference opponents. He scored the Jeffs' second goal in a 4-1 victory over Williams College on Oct. 20, scored the game's only goal in a 1-0 win over Hamilton College on Oct. 4, and pushed Amherst ahead in a 3-1 win over Colby College on Oct. 11. Pascual-Leone was named NESCAC Player of the Week on Sept. 22 following his game-winner against the Ephs.

Wirz and Pascual-Leone helped lead the Purple & White to a 7-1-2 NESCAC mark and the second seed in the conference tournament. Amherst posted a 1-0 victory over Colby, and a 3-2 win over Conn. College before playing to a 0-0 double overtime draw with Bowdoin in the title game, eventually falling on penalty kicks. The Jeffs earned an at large bid to the NCAA postseason and downed Fitchburg State, 2-0 in opening round action. Amherst then played to a 1-1 double overtime draw with St. Lawrence before advancing on penalty kicks. The Jeffs then played its second straight double overtime game (0-0) against Brandeis - and third in four games - and were knocked out in the penalty kick shootout.