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Buffalo soccer well-represented in NSCAA All-American, All-Region teams

The college season may be far in the rear-view mirror, but local college athletes are still bagging postseason honors.

Regardless of level, the distinction of All-American - chosen by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) - marks a dynamite achievement. Erie Community College striker Abbey Lombard captured second-team All-America honors for all of NJCAA Division III, while Houghton College's Jesse Toth was picked to the NCAA Division III third team and the Highlanders' Alexis Lamb earned a spot on the NCCAA first team.

It was Toth's first All-American selection - read a feature from Houghton on the excellence of the Toth family - while Lamb secured NCCAA honors for the third consecutive season.

At the NCAA Division I tier, there was no Buffalo-area connection to any of the All-America teams - men or women. University of Akron's Adam Najem, who won Mid-American Conference Player of the Year over University at Buffalo's Russell Cicerone in 2016, was named to the third team, his second time as an All-American.

Local Division I college soccer didn't leave empty-handed, though, as several players attained all-region honors. UB's Cicerone, Canisius' Thomas Teupen and FC Buffalo alumni Keith Traut and Cameron Harr all were chosen to their respective NCAA Division I all-region first teams. (I know, it's weird that teams so close in proximity are considered to be in different regions, but I don't make the rules here).

The Griffs' Melvin Blair was picked to the All-Northeast Region second team. Here's a full rundown of the players honored, plus a few other connections:

NCAA Division III All-Americans

Jesse Toth, senior defender for Houghton College, third team

NJCAA All-Americans

Abbey Lombard, freshman striker for Erie Community College, second team

NCCAA Division I All-Americans

Alexis Lamb, junior defender from Houghton College, first team

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NCAA Division I All-Region selections

All-East Region

Keith Traut, senior defender for Albany, also FC Buffalo, first team

All-Great Lakes Region

Russell Cicerone, senior midfielder for University at Buffalo, first team

All-Northeast Region

Thomas Teupen, senior defender for Canisius, first team
Cameron Harr, sophomore forward for Marist, also FC Buffalo, first team
Melvin Blair, sophomore midfielder for Canisius, second team

[Related: Features on Cicerone, Teupen]

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NCAA Division III Men's All-Region Selections

All-East Region

Jesse Toth, senior defender from Houghton College, first team
Bass Sarr, sophomore forward from Buffalo State, first team
Andrew Bussey, sophomore midfielder from Houghton College, second team
James Ritchie, senior forward from Fredonia, third team
Landon Sheaffer, senior forward from Houghton College, third team

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NCAA Division III Women's All-Region Selections

All-East Region

Melissa Smith, senior forward for Buffalo State, first team
Taylor Carillo, freshman goalkeeper for Buffalo State, second team
Breanna Knight, junior midfielder for Buffalo State, second team
Kristin Seiferth, senior defender for Buffalo State, second team
Alexis Lamb, junior defender for Houghton College, second team

All-Great Lakes Region

Jennifer Colvin, senior forward for Hilbert College, second team

All-West Region

Julia Kelly, junior midfielder for Trinity College (via Grand Island), first team

[Related: Buffalo's conference award winners in NCAA D-III - Men's | Women's]

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NJCAA All-Region Selections

All-East Region (Div. 3)

Abbey Lombard, freshman forward for Erie Community College, first team
Lauren Lepovich, sophomore defender for Erie Community College, second team
Sam Carey, freshman midfielder for Erie Community College, second team

All-South Region (Div. 1)

Alyssa Coustenis, sophomore midfielder for Cape Fear Community College (via Salamanca)

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NSCAA High School Men's All-American Selection

Pa Lu, senior forward from International Prep

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NSCAA High School Women's All-American Selections

Marissa Birzon, senior forward for Williamsville East
Madisyn Pezzino, senior forward for Grand Island

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NSCAA High School Men's All-Region Selections

All-East Region

Noah Keem, senior forward for Sweet Home
Pa Lu, senior forward for International Prep

[Related: Lu, Keem in All-Western New York & honor roll]

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NSCAA High School Women's All-Region Selections

All-East Region

Marcy Barberic, senior midfielder for Grand Island
Riley Bowers, senior midfielder for Clarence
Marissa Birzon, senior forward for Williamsville East
Madisyn Pezzino, senior forward for Grand Island

[Related: All-WNY and honor roll for girls' soccer]

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NSCAA Youth Girls All-Region

All-East Region

Riley Bowers, midfielder for the Western New York Flash Academy

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who lumped in Houghton College because he's an alum, at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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