KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Elon senior Chris Thomas and Furman sophomore Walker Zimmerman were named to the 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men’s All-America Second Team as announced by the association on Friday.
Thomas becomes the sixth-ever Phoenix player to earn All-American accolades but the first since entering Division I play in 1999. This honor adds to the senior striker’s brilliant 2012 senior campaign as the Snellville, Ga., native was recently a Hermann Trophy semifinalist and won his second career Southern Conference Player of the Year award.
Thomas paced the nation in goals scored with 23 and in total points with 51, breaking the single-season Elon marks in both categories. He became Elon’s all-time leading goal scorer in a 3-2 win over then 18th-ranked West Virginia on Oct. 2 and helped the Phoenix to a 15-5-2 overall record and its first national ranking since 2006.
Thomas would receive national recognition throughout the season and was named the College Soccer News and Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week and earned a spot on the CSN National Team of the Week. On Thursday, he was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season third team.
The Phoenix returned to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season after capturing both the SoCon regular-season and tournament titles in the same year for the first time in school history. Thomas was named to the SoCon All-Tournament team after kicking the game-winner in matches against Davidson and Georgia Southern, pushing his season total to nine game-winners.
Top Drawer Soccer announced last month that Thomas is a projected top-10 pick in its first mock draft of the MLS SuperDraft in January. Thomas ended his career with the Maroon and Gold with 53 goals, 116 total points and 18 game-winners, all program records.
Zimmerman, a native of Lawrenceville, Ga., tallied six goals and added three assists while helping the Paladins to a 12-4-3 record as a sophomore in 2012. A third-team NSCAA All-American in 2011, the two-time first team All-Southern Conference pick and 2011 SoCon Freshman of the Year netted the game-winning goal in Furman’s 2-1 victory over FIU and recorded the game-tying tally as Furman rallied from a 2-0 deficit to down Clemson 3-2 this past season.
The center back helped guide the Paladins to an NCAA tournament bid as a freshman while establishing himself as a starting center back with the United States U-20 National Team.
Also a Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season choice, Zimmerman is expected to enter the MLS SuperDraft in January. Zimmerman was tabbed as the potential top pick in the draft in Top Drawer Soccer’s mock draft last month.