The Fort Lewis College soccer programs added to a trophy case full of accolades Wednesday, when six seniors were
selected to the NCAA Division II All-American teams.
Tom Settle led the nation in assists from his spot on the right flank, and the senior midfielder from Cams Hill,England, was rewarded with FLC's sole first-team selection.
Much deserved," said FLC head coach Oige Kennedy, who took home RMAC Co-Coach of the Year honors this year. His form
has been among the best in the nation this season."
Kennedy said Settle has done more than take FLC's set pieces and provide most of its services.
There's a lot of off-the-ball stuff that people probably don't realize," Kennedy said. And he's a motivator in the
dressing room. The other players respect his opinion."
Senior defenseman Jamie Cunningham completed a long journey at the Fort with a second-team nomination after a sturdy
performance in the backline.
Cunningham tore his ACL in his first year at FLC, redshirting before returning for four years as an athletic force to
be reckoned with at center back.
Kennedy was slightly perturbed with FLC's third team selections - senior goalkeeper Zane Wells and senior striker Euan
Purcell - thinking that both might have been better suited to the top All-American squad.
The first-year coach surmised that Purcell's late-season injury (he suffered a concussion against Metro State), and
Wells' lack of activity in the rarely visited FLC net contributed.
Kennedy was happier to see senior forward David Barden's four years of hard work recognized as an honorable mention
David is Fort Lewis true and true," Kennedy said of the striker who scored 10 goals before injuring his foot in a
late-season contest against Colorado School of Mines. He's been an integral part of this team."
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion Fort Lewis College women's team secured one All-American honor with
senior midfielder Jamie MacArthur earning a spot on the third team after scoring eight goals to cap her four-year
The Fort Lewis men's soccer team is in Tampa, Fla., preparing for the NCAA Division II national semifinals Thursday
against Le Moyne College of Syracuse, N.Y.
FLC (22-1-0) will play Le Moyne (19-2-2) at 9 a.m. MST.
Lewis University (16-3-2) of Romeoville, Ill., will play Lees-McRae College of Banner Elk, N.C. (18-2-1) in the other