BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Even without a season this fall, junior forward Josh Luchini still has plenty of admirers, especially with the possibility of a spring season. The United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-American and Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year in 2019 was named a Preseason Second Team All-American by College Soccer News on Wednesday afternoon.
Luchini had a fantastic sophomore campaign, highlighted by his Patriot League-leading 11 goals, adding two assists to his total and was named the league's best player and a First Team All-League selection for the first time.
Through his first two seasons with the Mountain Hawks, the Wexford, Pa. native has scored 17 goals and tallied six assists for 40 points in 40 appearances. He has paced the Patriot League in game-winning goals in each of the last two years, totaling nine.
"Pre-season honors are always noteworthy however post-season honors are a result of individual and team success," said head coach Dean Koski. "The past two years Josh has worked incredibly hard in training and during the summers which resulted in his best season last fall. If he continues to work hard, he will achieve even more for himself and the team. We are very proud of Josh and look forward to the next two years."
In the event of a spring season, Luchini remains a favorite to repeat as the league's Player of the Year, as he would then be Lehigh's fourth straight winner of the award dating back to 2017 when Mark Forrest '19 won the award for the first of two times.
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