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Nate Merchant named Second Team All-New England

Nate Merchant is the first Bates men's soccer player named Second Team All-New England Region since 2005. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Senior forward Nate Merchant was named to the NCAA Division III All-New England Region Second Team by United Soccer Coaches on Wednesday.

Merchant (Los Angeles, Calif.) becomes the first Bates men's soccer player named at least second team All-New England by United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America) since Terence O'Connell '06 (first team) and Brent Morin '08 (second team) earned spots in 2005. Duane Pelz '08 earned a fourth team nod in 2006.   

Merchant led Bates in both goals (6) and assists (6), for the second straight season, tying sophomore Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene (Bronx, N.Y.) in the former category for both the team lead and for fourth place in the NESCAC. Merchant played in 53 matches at forward for Bates, including 46 starts. Over his career, Merchant totaled 18 goals and 11 assists.

Merchant is also the men's soccer team's first First Team All-NESCAC selection since both O'Connell and David Shear '06 earned the honor in 2005.

The awards come after Bates' 8-6-2 season, which featured the Bobcats' most victories -- both overall and in conference play -- since 2008, as well as their first berth in the NESCAC Championship tournament since 2010.

United Soccer Coaches, formerly the NSCAA, was founded in 1941 and is the largest community for soccer coaches in the world.