Notre-Dame bound midfielder Brendan Lesch is the 7th All-American in Staples boys soccer history — and the 1st of the 21st century.
The senior tri-captain was 1 of only 3 Connecticut players chosen by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America committee. He will join Kevin Michalak of Farmington High School and Tyler Leeman of Montville High at the All-America banquet in Baltimore next month.
Head coach Dan Woog cited Lesch’s “incredible passion for the game, lifelong desire to excel, and constant willingness to work hard and improve” in lauding the NSCAA honoree.
Previous NSCAA All-Americans from Staples include Ed Murphy in 1973, Phil Moen (1976) and Kyle Martino (1998).
Three Wreckers have been named Parade Magazine All-Americans: Mark Noonan in 1982, Mike Clifford (1984) and Chris Mitchell (1990).
Lesch was also selected to the All-New England and All-State squads — as he was last year. He is the 11th All-New England choice from Staples — but only the 2nd to repeat. Mark Noonan turned the trick in 1981-’82.
For a complete list of all Staples post-season honors through the years, go to the StaplesSoccer.com home page and click the “Stuff” tab at the top — or click here.