Kresimir Nurnberger Named to 2012 NSCAA Division II Men All-East Region Third Team
Monday, December 3, 2012 - Kansas City, Kan.
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Senior Kresimir Nurnberger takes on two Post players during the CACC Semifinal bout on November 2. Photo taken by James Jones
Senior midfielder Kresimir Nurnberger became the first Wilmington University men’s soccer player since 2009 to be named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II Men All-East Region team, earning third team for his play during this past season.
In a vote by the regions’ head coaches consisting of the Northeast 10, Central Atlantic Collegiate, and East Coast Conferences, Nurnberger was a part of 37 student-athletes who were named to three teams for the East Region.
Nurnberger (Zagreb, Croatia) led the Wildcats with 16 points on the year, scoring three goals and leading the CACC with 10 assists. His 10 assists ranked 11th in the latest NCAA Ranking Summary, averaging 0.50 assists per game.
He scored in three separate games, getting his first tallying against Goldey-Beacom and added game-winners against Millersville and Holy Family. He also assists on the first two goals of the match against Holy Family on October 18 before scoring the third goal in the 52nd minute. Nurnberger collected multiple assists in one other game as well, dishing out two in a 4-3 win against Nyack.
Nurnberger played two seasons for the Wildcats and planted himself firmly in the record books. His 12 assists as a junior tied the all-time single season record while his 22 career assists rank second all-time, playing in half the seasons as the all-timer leader (26). He is the only men’s player to record double-digit assists in more than one season, and ranked fourth on the all-time career points list with 36.
The Wildcats finished with a 12-8 overall record, winning five straight and nine of their last 10 games overall heading into the CACC Tournament. That streak also included a 5-1 mark in conference play to push them into a three-way tie for third place, earning the fifth seed for the Tournament. After falling behind 2-0 in the CACC Quarterfinal at Bloomfield, the Wildcats rallied with three goals in the second half to stun the Deacons before falling to top-seeded and host Post, 1-0, in the CACC Semifinals.
2012 NSCAA Division II Men All-East Region Teams
Jose Silva – GK – So., Merrimack
Eirik Bjoernoe* – D – Jr., LIU Post
Daniel Stoker – D – Sr., Queens (N.Y.)
Weston Zeiner* – D – Sr., Bentley
Vinny Caccavale* – M – Jr., NYIT
Franklin Lemus Pena – M – Sr., Merrimack
Ruben Resendes* – M – Sr., Southern New Hampshire
Joe Baccielo – F – Jr., Post
Homero Morais – F – So., UMass-Lowell
Chris Tsonis* – F – Sr., Southern New Hampshire
Cemil Turna* – F – Jr., LIU Post
Marco Jorgensen – GK – Jr., LIU Post
Daniel Donaldson – D – Sr., Franklin Pierce
Felix Horn* – D – Jr., Nyack
Kevin Ipina – D – Jr., Post
Bruno Bonicontro – M – Sr., UMass-Lowell
Conor Doyle* – M – Sr., American International
Marco Likos – M – So., Nyack
Clayton Ulmer* – M – Jr., Bridgeport
Jonathan Watkin – M – Jr., LIU Post
Mario DiMiceli – F – Sr., Southern Connecticut State
Dodji Freitas – F – Sr., Holy Family
William Koki – F – Sr., Mercy
Nico Mueller – F – Fr., Franklin Pierce
Errol Reid – GK – Sr., Post
Matthew Silva – GK – Jr., Le Moyne
Alejandro Fuchs – D – Sr., Merrimack
Ronald Ried – D – Sr., Merrimack
Tyler Rosa – D – Sr., Franklin Pierce
Dominic Samuel – D – Fr., Southern New Hampshire
Pedro Araujo – M – Sr., Dominican (N.Y.)
Sony Narro – M – Jr., Dominican (N.Y.)
Kresimir Nurnberger – M – Sr., Wilmington
Andreas Olsen* – M – Sr., LIU Post
Jordan Branco – F – Sr., Southern New Hampshire
Matt DiDonna* – F – Jr., NYIT
Casey Murphy – F – So., Le Moyne
* Indicates previous selection