KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Graduate student Rayane Boukemia (Strasbourg, France) of the Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Third Team on Thursday.
An NSCAA All-East Region First Team, Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) All-East Region Second Team and Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team choice, Boukemia led the Northeast-10 in scoring (31), tied for second in both goals (13) and game-winning strikes (4) and also tied for 12th in assists (5). Boukemia played in 16 matches and registered at least one point in nine of them – all Southern New Hampshire victories. Boukemia netted his first career hat trick in a 4-0 win against Post University on Sept. 7 and then potted four goals in a 4-2 win against Saint Michael's College on Oct. 19 to become the first Penmen to find the back of the net four times in a game since Sept. 7, 2002.
The Penmen went 12-5-2, overall, including 8-3-2 in conference play. They earned the No. 5 seed in the Northeast-10 Championship and suffered a 2-1 double-overtime loss at Franklin Pierce University in the quarterfinals – bringing the chance for a fifth straight title to an end and marking the first time Southern New Hampshire would not be playing in the final since 2010. SNHU then earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, which extended the longest active streak in Division II to nine years. The sixth-seeded Penmen sank third-seeded Le Moyne, 3-1, in the first round before bowing out with a 1-0 loss to second-seeded Adelphi in the second round.
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