WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College senior midfielder Pete Christman (Falmouth, MA) has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Third Team.
Christman is the 48th Eph to earn All-American honors under head coach Mike Russo.
A four-year letterman and captain, Christman has been a tireless and effective midfielder for two Eph teams that advanced to the NCAA Semifinals (2009 & 2012), won a NESCAC title and three Little Three crowns.
This past fall Christman started and played in 21 contests and he netted three goals and assisted on one. He scored the Ephs' second goal in the NCAA semifinal contest vs. Ohio Northern University.
Christman helped on both sides of the ball and his play as an offensive midfielder and defensive midfielder was a key factor in the Ephs' fashioning an unbeaten regular season (12-0-2) and 16-2-4 overall ledger.
"Pete is a quintessential midfield player as he possesses all the tools to effectively play that position," noted Eph head coach Mike Russo. "He is incredibly fit and that translates into a high work ethic player who runs from penalty box to penalty box throughout the match. He possesses a soft first touch and is able to split defenses apart with his final passes."
"The top midfielders not only have a high level of skill, but they also have vision and game awareness that allows them to capitalize on offensive opportunities," added Russo. "Pete can strike a ball with both power and accuracy. Tactically, he is very astute and would often offer suggestions during tactical discussions with the team."
Christman played central and wing in the midfield position this past season. "He showed great versatility playing in the defensive midfield position but also as a wing midfield player," commented Russo. "Pete is mentally and physically tough, playing the last half of the season with numerous nagging injuries, which would have kept most players out of the lineup."