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AUSTIN, Texas -- Covenant men's soccer senior goalkeeper Paul Lemay was named to the Academic All-America® NCAA Division III second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday.
Lemay becomes the second Scot to collect Academic All-America® honors in program history, joining Snoopy Davidson in 2014. Lemay was one of 33 Division III men's soccer players to earn a prestigious Academic All-America® honor, and the only honoree from the USA South.
The Academic All-America® teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. In order to be nominated for this award, student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.3 or higher and be a significant contributor to their team. After Academic All-District teams are announced, Academic All-America® teams are voted on by sports information personnel from across the country.
A senior from Apopka, Fla., Lemay had a standout season to finish his college career in 2019. The USA South Goalkeeper of the Year produced a 15-1-2 overall record with eight shutouts while leading the conference in goals against average (0.62) and save percentage (.847). Lemay was a first team All-USA South honoree and collected United Soccer Coaches All-South Atlantic Region second team accolades. Lemay's goals against average and save percentage were the best for any Scot keeper in a single-season since 2005, while the eight shutouts were the most since 2010.
Lemay was a two-time USA South Defensive Player of the Week during the year as he earned the award on Sept. 9 and Sept. 30. In USA South play alone, Lemay allowed just four goals (0.39 GAA) with seven shutouts and an 11-0 record. He had a season-high seven saves in a 1-0 win over Maryville (Oct. 12) and had a string of four consecutive shutouts from Oct. 12-22 against USA South foes. Lemay even contributed offensively as he tallied an assist in a 4-1 win over N.C. Wesleyan (Sept. 27).
As strong as Lemay was on the field, he is equally impressive in the classroom. Majoring in interdisciplinary studies, Lemay has a 3.89 GPA at Covenant and is set to graduate in May 2020. He is a three-time USA South All-Academic team member and has earned spots on Covenant's Dean's List and Athletic Honor Roll (3.5 semester GPA) in all six semesters he has completed.
Lemay's play at the net helped Covenant to its best season in the NCAA era of the program. The Scots finished 18-2-2 overall, the most wins in a season since 2002, while finishing 13-0 in USA South play and claiming the West Division regular season championship. Covenant set a program, and USA South record, for conference wins and became the first USA South team to finish unbeaten with no ties since 2012.
Since 2005, no Covenant keeper has put together a better career goals against average than Lemay's 0.98 mark in over 4,000 minutes at the position. Lemay's 15 career shutouts are second during that span, while he also ranks second in career save percentage (.796) and wins (30).
ABOUT COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA PROGRAM
CoSIDA began the distinguished Academic All-America® program in 1952, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports across all divisions with these elite Academic All-America® scholar-athlete honors. The Academic All-America® program is comprised of divisional teams for NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. Added for the 2018-19 academic year was a separate at-large program for two-year schools and Canadian institutions.
The Division III Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Division III Academic All-America® teams.
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