McLaurin named third-team All-America for men's soccer

Dylan McLaurin points to direct the defense. Graphic: Dylan McLaruin, junior, goalkeeper; United Soccer Coaches Third-Team All-American

Kansas City, Mo. -- After a fantastic season minding the net for Lynchburg College's men's soccer team, goalkeeper Dylan McLaurin's efforts were rewarded with a third-team All-America selection from the United Soccer Coaches.

The junior from Stafford, Va. backed Lynchburg's defense to the tune of nine individual shutouts and 14 in sum, including a streak of eight straight between Sept. 17 and Oct. 11 that tied an Old Dominion Athletic Conference record.

McLaurin finished the season ranked No. 8 in Division III in goals-against average (0.497) and 19th nationally in save percentage (.863), which earned him first-team All-South Atlantic Region and All-ODAC honors. His nine shutouts also ranked 19th in Division III.

McLaurin backed a stellar Hornets defense that allowed just 10 goals all season and won an NCAA tournament match for the second year in a row.

A two-time first-team all-region and All-ODAC selection, McLaurin was also tabbed a first-team All-State goalkeeper after a strong sophomore season.

The international relations major and Latin American studies minor will return to the box for Lynchburg next season.