December 13, 2010

VCU’S PAULINI EARNS NSCAA ALL-REGION RECOGNITION

RICHMOND, Va. – The season may be over, but the accolades keep on coming. Senior midfielder Lucas Paulini of the Virginia Commonwealth University men's soccer team received some well-deserved recognition this week when he was selected as a member of 2010 NSCAA All-South-Atlantic Region Second Team.

Although he only played one season at VCU, the Tusculum College transfer made the most of his time with the Rams. He helped solidify the VCU midfield and quickly gained the respect from opposing coaches in just three months with the Black & Gold.  

"This honor speaks volumes to the type of player Lucas is," said VCU Head Coach Dave Giffard.  "In just three months at VCU, he not only gained the attention of conference coaches but he made a large impression on other opponents as well.  He played an important role in allowing us to introduce our brand of soccer."

In November, Paulini was one of two Rams to earn All-CAA First-Team honors. VCU and league champion William & Mary were the only two schools to have multiple First-Team selections.  He concludes his collegiate career having received All-Region recognition in each of his four seasons.  He was a three-time honoree at Tusculum College.

The Buenos Aires, Argentina native assisted on the game-winning goal against Howard in September. He also helped on a score that gave VCU a 1-0 lead in its CAA Tournament-clinching victory at James Madison in November.

In addition, Paulini made his presence felt defensively as VCU allowed just 15 goals all year, which was the second-fewest in the CAA.  The Rams ranked third in the conference in goals against average (0.73) and posted eight shutouts for the first time since 2004.

Paulini was one of 12 CAA players to garner All-Region honors.

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