2009 graduate of Lower Merion High School Julien Aoyama was named 1st Team All-American playing for the "Lord Jeffs" of Amherst Colllege.
Julien, a junior at Amherst helped the Lord Jeffs to their second straight NESCAC Championship and a run to the quarter finals of the NCAA Tournament.
Julien's blazing speed, vision and creativity on the field leaves anyone who watches him in awe. According to Amherst College, " Aoyama has played an integral role in solidifying Amherst’s top-ranked unit while playing defense. Surrendering just two goals on the season, the Jeffs currently lead the nation in goals-against average (0.12) and shutout percentage (0.88). Allowing just 36 shots on goal in 17 games, Amherst’s backline has helped post a program record 15 shutouts. Also contributing offensively, Aoyama is in the midst of a breakout season, recording 11 points on four goals and three assists." Aoyama was also named to 2nd Team All-NESCAC.
Next year the Lorf Jeffs of Amherst hope to take the NESCAC title again and make a deeper run into the NCAA Tournament. Amherst held a national ranking of #2 for most of the 2012 season with #1 being Messiah College (2012 national Champions).
Julien will have the privilege of playing next to his younger brother, Justin who graduates from Harriton High School in the summer of 2013 after captening Harriton to one of their most succesful seasons in Harriton soccer history.
Julien played for Lower Merion High School under coach Jon Fadely for 4 years leading the Aces offense and for the Lower Merion Velez 91 under coach Miguel Nuila.
Congratulations to Julien on this amazing accomplishment.