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January 18, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Postseason honors roll in for Finkelstein

Jean DePlacido

Luke Finkelstein had an outstanding soccer season at Wheaton College and the list of postseason honors he received reflect his success. The former Peabody High captain was named to the ECAC All-New England first team. He was also a NEWMAC first team selection and an NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association) D-3 All-New England South team.

“My team did well (16-5-0), and I had a pretty good year,” said Finkelstein, a former standout in the Aztec club soccer program. “It’s very tough to make an all-star team like that, but after being on the All-New England second team as a sophomore I had hoped to repeat. Moving up to the first team was even better.”

Finkelstein was tied for second in the conference and 35th in the country for assists with nine. He also had two goals in 22 games, and ranked 18th in the conference for points. He is currently sixth on the all-time Wheaton assist record list with 24 in 60 games.

“Over the summer I played in a PDL (Player Development League) team Real Boston Rams in the USL which is the second division of US soccer for college players. That kept me competing at a high level and training with good guys. The coaching staff was excellent, and the conditioning program was very helpful. I came back ready to go.”

Finkelstein dominated the middle of the field in high school, but moved to left midfield as a college freshman. He returned to his center midfield position for the Lyons the following year.

“When I was in high school I always wanted to play D-1 soccer and a couple of schools recruited me, but one of my Aztec coaches said going to Division 3 would be best for me,” said Finkelstein. “I was very small at the time, and I wanted to play right away instead of having to sit for a couple of years waiting for my turn to come.

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