Kearson Reaps All-America Honors

Juwan Kearson '19 named United Soccer Coaches All-American.
Juwan Kearson '19 named United Soccer Coaches All-American.

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

Kansas City, Mo. – Junior Juwan Kearson (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) garnered a coveted spot on the 2017 United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA Division III All-America Teams as announced by the organization Thursday night, the eve of the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Soccer Championship Tournament semifinals in Greensboro, N.C.

Complete 2017 USC All-America Teams

Kearson, who was one of 46 men's players to be recognized, landed on the third team and becomes the first-ever All-American for the Seahawk men's soccer program. The All-America award comes on the heels of Tuesday's selection as an All-South Atlantic Region First Team selection, a feat which hadn't been accomplished since 2003.

This year's NCAA Division III All-Americans, along with their families and coaches, will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the United Soccer Coaches All-America Luncheon on January 20, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention in downtown Philadelphia.

Looking at Kearson's current playing resume, he is an All-American, a two-time All-Region pick, and a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference honoree with his senior campaign still waiting in the wings.

Kearson was an absolute workhorse for the Seahawks this season and his tremendous work ethic has been rewarded accordingly. The 5-8 midfielder led the team with seven goals, 18 points, and four game-winning goals (61st in Division III) while dishing out a team second-best four assists. In the CAC, he ranks tied for second in game-winning goals, tied for fifth in goals, tied for seventh in points, and tied for ninth in assists.

Kearson picked up CAC Offensive Player of the Week honors on October 23 after scoring once in each game in a 2-0 week for the Seahawks. He netted the insurance goal in a 2-0 upset win over No. 16 University of Mary Washington, before notching the game-winner in a 2-0 victory against Wesley College. Kearson also picked up St. Mary's Athlete of the Month honors for October.

The Seahawks finished the 2017 campaign as the No. 2 seed in the CAC Tournament for just the third time in program history. St. Mary's posted an 11-7 overall record, including a program-best seven league wins, for its second straight 10-win season and third in the last four years. After earning a first-round bye, the Seahawks dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to third-seeded Mary Washington in the semifinals of the CAC Tournament. 

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