The United Soccer Coaches has released the men’s NCAA III 2018 all-region teams.
Luther College had four players recognized on the North Region Team, one on the first team, two on the second team and one on the third team.
Named first team all-North Region was senior midfielder Aidan O’Driscoll (Minneapolis, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s). This is the second time in as many years O'Driscoll has been so honored. Last year, he was a second team selection. Earlier this month O'Driscoll was named the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) Offensive MVP. He finished his senior campaign with six goals and three assists for a total of 15 points.
Second team honors went to junior defender Harry Merz (Wellington, New Zealand) and senior forward Rafael Broseghini (Rio De Janerio, Brazil). Merz started all 24 matches this season on a defensive line that help post 12 shutouts and a goals-against-average of 0.74. He was credited with one goal and one assist.
Broseghini also started all 24 matches for the Norse. He finished fourth on the team in total points with 14. He tallied five goals and four assists that included two game winners.
Senior midfielder Luke Von Eschen was named to the third-team. This honor follows Von Eschen being named the A-R-C Defensive MVP earlier this month. He started 24 matches and was credited with one assist.
Merz, Broseghini and Von Eschen are all being named all-North Region for the first time of their careers.
Luther, ranked No. 13 in the final United Soccer Coaches Division III regular season poll, finished the 2018 campaign with an overall record of 19-4-1. The Norse qualified for the NCAA III National Tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals, before being eliminated by the University of Chicago 1-0 in overtime. The quarterfinal appearance was the third in school history (1996, 2001, 2018) and first under the direction of 11th year Head Coach Chris Garcia-Prats (137-66-23). Luther's 19 wins was the second highest total since 1996 when the Norse posted 21 victories.