MEDORD – With three team members selected to the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Teams, the national champion Tufts University men's soccer team has more than any other Division III team in the nation this season.
To be eligible for selection, the student-athlete must be a junior or above in athletic standing and be nominated by his head coach. They must achieve at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average, start more than 50 percent of all games and be an elite player as supported by post-season honors or contributions to the success of his team.
Braun is the only player from New England on the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America first team. The international relations major was voted as a United Soccer Coaches first team All-American as well and earned Offensive MVP at the NCAA "Final Four" when the Jumbos won the championship with a 3-1 semifinal victory over Rochester and a 2-1 win against Calvin in the championship game.
The Jumbos had three of the four New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) players on the first two Scholar All-America teams with Tasker and Weatherbie's inclusion on the second team. Tasker is a junior quantitative economics major and Weatherbie is an economics major who was a senior co-captain on the team. Weatherbie was the Defensive MVP at the Final Four and Tasker was named to the All-Tournament team.
All three players received NESCAC All-Conference honors and United Soccer Coaches All-Region accolades for this fall when the Jumbos were undefeated (18-0-3). Tasker and Weatherbie were on the NESCAC All-Academic Team for carrying grade point averages better than 3.5. All three recently received United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Region recognition. Tasker was selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® Team, while Weatherbie was named New England Soccer Journal's New England DIII Player of the Year.
Braun led the NESCAC in goals (10) and points (26) for the 2018 season. Tasker was tied for second in the league with seven goals and 17 points. Weatherbie was a key player on Tufts' defense that allowed a 0.50 goals against average while also contributing four goals with an assist.
Tufts had the United Soccer Coaches Scholar Player of the Year in senior defender Conor Coleman last season.