NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After helping guide the Merrimack men's soccer team to one of its best season in program history, three players – sophomore goalkeeper Jose Silva (Northborough, Mass.) and seniors Franklin Lemus Pena (Revere, Mass.) and Olof Lindhe (Stockholm, Sweden) earned recognition for their fantastic seasons, as the trio was named to the Daktronics Division II All-East Region Team, the association announced Tuesday.
All three players helped the Warriors finish with a 15-4-2 overall record while setting several new program records along the way. Merrimack earned a berth in the Division II NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program's 42-year history, while defensively the Warriors established a new season record for fewest goals allowed (12) and goals-against average (0.54).
Silva, a first-year sophomore and Northeast-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, turned heads all season long en route to posting a 0.56 GAA and a .883 save percentage while starting 20 contests and totaling 1913:38 between the pipes. The Northborough, Mass., native currently ranks fourth nationally in GAA, while his save percentage is second-best. The sophomore also set a new program single-season record with 11 individual shutouts.
The Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year, Lemus Pena wrapped up a stellar three-year career with the Warriors after posting a side-high 16 points by means of five goals and a team-best six assists. He reeled off a team-high 69 shot attempts while placing 27 of those on net (.391 SOG%). The Revere, Mass., native finished the season ranked 72nd in the country in total assists.
Lindhe, meanwhile, found a spot on the NE-10 All-Conference Second Team after putting together a fabulous offensive campaign with 13 points (5g, 3a). The Stockholm, Sweden, native battled through injuries throughout the season and added a marvelous scoring touch despite being listed as a back. He appeared in 17 games and tied the team high with five goals.