Santos, Smith Named All-America By Soccer Coaches
VCU senior Rafael Andrade Santos and University of Massachusetts men's soccer freshman forward Davis Smith were named NCAA All-America -- Santos to the second team and Smith to the third team by the United Soccer Coaches.
Thursday's honor caps an outstanding 2017 campaign for Santos (Rio de Janiero, Brazil) . The 2017 Atlantic 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Santos led the league with 12 goals and 29 points. The midfielder provided VCU with five of its 12 game-winning goals in 2017.
Behind Santos, the Rams rolled to a national ranking, 12 victories and a first round bye in the NCAA Tournament. His goals helped lift VCU to wins over No. 9 Maryland and No. 15 UNC Wilmington during the regular season.
Santos has already received an All-Midwest Region citation from the United Soccer Coaches Association, as well as First Team All-Atlantic 10 and VaSID All-State awards, this season.
A four-time All-Atlantic 10 Conference honoree, Santos as logged 48 starts the past four years. He was also named All-Midwest Region following the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Smith, who led UMass in goals, assists and points on his way to becoming the first Minutemen to receive All-America honors since Zack Simmons was named to the third-team in 2007. Smith is the the 19th All-American in UMass program history.
Smith (Amherst, Mass.) was one of two freshmen to be an All-America selection as he posted team-best numbers in goals with 10, assists with seven and points with 27 on his way to earning multiple postseason awards. The forward became the first Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year for UMass since 1994 and was named first-team all-conference after ranking tied for second in the league in goals and points while finishing in a tie for third in assists. Smith helped the Minutemen secure their first A-10 Tournament title in 10 years with a goal and an assist in the championship game against VCU as UMass became the first team since 1991 to win the regular season title outright and the tournament championship.
Smith picked up his first career goal against Colgate on Sept. 16 in a win before grabbing his second a week later in a 3-0 win over Hartford, starting a stretch where the freshman scored six goals during a four-game span for 13 points.
UMass finished with the 2016-17 season with a 15-4-3 overall mark, the most wins by a Minutemen squad in the last 10 seasons on their way to earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.