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HILLSBORO, Ore. -Eddie Na captured Northwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year accolades for the second consecutive season and was one of six student-athletes from the Northwest Conference Champion Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team to capture All-NWC accolades on Thursday. Na was joined by Bennett Bugbee, RJ Noll, and Joe Sammartino as First Team All-NWC selections while Keegan Dolan and Emmanuel Saah both earned Honorable Mention All-NWC.
Eddie Na tallies NWC Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season while earning All-NWC laurels for the fourth time in his career. The forward and University Place, Washington native led the NWC in both goals (16) and points (34). Na earned NWC Offensive Player of the Week honors on three occasions during the season (Oct. 2, Oct. 23, and Oct. 30) and closed his stellar career as the program's all-time leader in both goals (50) and points (120).
Bennett Bugbee secures First Team All-NWC for the third time in his career. The midfielder from Bellevue, Washington, ranked second in the NWC in assists with six helpers on the year while also scoring four goals on the year. Bugbee tallied two game winning goals on the season and wrapped up his career fourth on PLU's all-time career assists list (24).
RJ Noll makes his first appearance on the All-NWC Team as a First Team selection, The goalkeeper and Yelm, Washington native led the NWC in saves, finishing with 69 on the season. Noll collected three shutouts on the season and boasted a 1.03 goals against average. He logged 1,487 minutes between the posts for the Lutes and started in 14 of the Lutes' 19 games in 2017.
Joe Sammartino is the fourth Lute to land First Team All-NWC honors. The forward and Boise, Idaho native wins the honor for the first time in his career. Sammartino ranked fifth in the league in both goals (seven) and points (17), while leading the Lutes (11-5-3, 9-3-2 NWC) in game-winning goals with four on the season.
Keegan Dolan landed Honorable Mention honors after a strong debut season with the Lutes. The defender and Auburn, Washington native appeared in 17 of the team's 19 games, making 16 starts. The first year helped the Lutes post seven shutouts on the season and limit opposing offenses to just 17 goals all season and helping PLU boast a team goals against average of 0.85.
Emmanuel Saah rounded out the Lute contingent, earning All-NWC selection, securing a spot as an Honorable Mention. The midfielder and Auburn, Washington native played in 17 games for the Lutes, starting 16 of those games. Saah's efforts helped the Lutes own a 7-1-2 record at East Field in the fall and capture a share of the program's first NWC title since 2011.