AMHERST, Mass. – A mere two months after the new men's and women's champions were crowned, D3soccer.com released their ninth annual 2018 All-America teams with Rubii Tamen '19 notching a second team selection for her dominant senior campaign, as announced on Thursday morning.
The women's teams were chosen by D3soccer.com staff, Division III soccer coaches and sports information directors from a field of almost 600 nominations. Thirty-three players representing twenty-four schools and nineteen different conferences have been named to the three All-America teams. The class distribution—nineteen seniors, ten juniors and four sophomores—matches the nine-year average for the awards. For the fourth time, and the first time since 2014, all four players of the year are seniors.
Tamen rounded out her senior campaign with 16 goals (conference leader) and one assist through 19 of the matches played for a total of 33 points. Overall, Tamen has scored a collective 32 goals in the Purple & White while adding 10 assists and has had three consecutive 20+ point seasons. She has started in 69 out of her 73 games played and accumulated 214 shots, with 106 of them being on frame (.495%).
Over the course of her career at Amherst, Tamen has accrued countless accolades including USC First Team All-America. She also received New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year, with first team selection in the conference honor in 2018.
The Amherst women's soccer team reached the semifinals of the NESCAC Championship this season alongside a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Tamen scored the decisive goal against Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which propelled them further into the NCAA Championship. Tamen also lead the way in the post season, scoring in four out of five of the matches played.
In Oct. 2018, Amherst proudly recognized Ted W. Beneski '78, P'08 and Laurie M. Beneski P'08 for their extraordinary generosity and commitment to the College by naming the men's & women's soccer program in their honor. The College's naming of the Beneski Soccer Program celebrates the Beneskis' love for Amherst athletics and their longstanding investment in helping Amherst students excel as learners, as players and teammates, and as citizens.