The Stevens men's soccer Class of 2014 had a banner day on Sunday as Paul Killian was named the National Goalkeeper of the Year and defender Leonardo Casas was named to the All-America team by D3Soccer.com. The juniors led the Ducks to an 18-3-1 record – including nine-straight shutouts – and a final national ranking of No. 10.
Killian's superb 0.910 save percentage was the nation's second best and made him one of just two goalies to have a mark over 90%. Having to deal with an average of four shots-on-goal per outing, Killian's ability to turn away shots resulted in a 0.33 goals-against average that ranked third in the country.
“We are very excited for Paul, this is a great honor for him and the program,” said Stevens head coach Devin Rensing. “Paul is absolutely a great goalie but he is also a tremendous leader. Again, we are all very excited for this much-deserved award.”
Along the way to an unbeaten and untied Empire 8 regular season, an Empire 8 Tournament championship and a place in the 2012 NCAA Division III Sectional Semifinal, Killian and the Ducks posted 14-straight victories. The junior netminder came up big with two outstanding saves in the conference final penalty shootout - the second one clinched both the title for Stevens and tournament MVP honors for himself.
Killian was also selected to the D3Soccer.com All-America First Team, was named First-Team All-Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association and was part of the Empire 8 All-Conference First Team.
Killian follows in the footsteps of current Stevens assistant coach Zach Carr, who was the D3soccer.com Goalkeeper of the Year for the Ducks in 2010.
Leonardo Casas started every game he was able to play for Stevens, including each of the team's 14-consecutive wins. Casas was also able to chip in on offense, earning three assists in 2012, including a very memorable one against Haverford College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
“I am glad to see Leo receive this award,” said Rensing. “It has been a frustrating season for him dealing with injuries, but he is certainly one of the best left backs in the country.”
Casas was honored as a Second-Team All-American by D3Soccer.com, a first-team all-conference recipient by the Empire 8 and was named Second-Team All-Region by the NSCAA in 2012.