Starting on Thursday, November 21, the collegiate soccer world will see the beginning of the 2019 NCAA Division I Tournament, marking the next step of the post-season. The SIMA program will see a total of 11 teams with alumni participants in this tournament with four squads ranked in the top 16.
These 11 rosters represent conferences all over the country including the Atlantic Coast Conference, ASUN Conference, Conference USA, Big East Conference, West Coast Conference, and American Athletic Conference. From these conferences, several of our alumni’s teams were champions of their conference including New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) who captured Regular Season and Conference Championships, St. Mary’s College of California and Marshall University.
All 11 of these collegiate rosters bolster a total of 20 SIMA alumni, many who have already received awards from their respective conferences on their play throughout the regular season. Some have even been selected to post-season All-Tournament Teams for their contribution during their conference tournaments.
Starting on Saturday, November 23, the 2019 NCAA Division II Tournament will kick off with six teams holding a total of 14 SIMA alumni on their rosters. Of the six teams, both the University of Charleston at West Virginia and Wingate won their Conference Championships with Palm Beach Atlantic and West Florida falling just short in the finals.
These teams represent conferences including Great Lakes Valley Conference, Mountain East Conference, South Atlantic Conference, Sunshine State Conference, and the Gulf South Conference from states along the east coast to the Midwest.
While the NCAA Division III Tournament is already underway, SIMA saw three alumni representing two teams in the first round with Luther College advancing to the Third-Round set to be played on November 22.
See below for a full list of SIMA alumni participating in the NCAA tournament with their respective teams, conferences, divisions, and matchups.
|Alumni Name||Grad Year||College/University||Conference||Division|
|Edward Kizza||2017||University of Pittsburgh||Atlantic Coast Conference||NCAA DI|
|Jackson Walti||2018||University of Pittsburgh||Atlantic Coast Conference||NCAA DI|
|Rodrigo Almeida||2018||University of Pittsburgh||Atlantic Coast Conference||NCAA DI|
|Justin Malou||2017||Clemson University||Atlantic Coast Conference||NCAA DI|
|Malick Mbaye||2016||Clemson University||Atlantic Coast Conference||NCAA DI|
|Philip Mayaka||2019||Clemson University||Atlantic Coast Conference||NCAA DI|
|Nolan Lennon||2015||Clemson University||Atlantic Coast Conference||NCAA DI|
|Weston King||2019||University of Louisville||Atlantic Coast Conference||NCAA DI|
|Bruno Lapa||2016||Wake Forest University||Atlantic Coast Conference||NCAA DI|
|Joao Souza||2019||Marshall University||Conference USA||NCAA DI|
|Bleno Cruz||2019||Marshall University||Conference USA||NCAA DI|
|Gabe Sitler||2019||Marshall University||Conference USA||NCAA DI|
|Paul Ramsey||2018||St. Mary's College of California||West Coast Conference||NCAA DI|
|Kameron Lacey||2019||UNC Charlotte||Conference USA||NCAA DI|
|Arrio Rusnak||2018||New Jersey Institute of Technology||ASUN Conference||NCAA DI|
|Usman Gil Ivern||2017||Butler University||Big East Conference||NCAA DI|
|Gabriel Gjergji||2018||Butler University||Big East Conference||NCAA DI|
|Enrique Facusse||2017||University of Kentucky||Conference USA||NCAA DI|
|Matt Douglass||2018||University of Central Florida||American Athletic Conference||NCAA DI|
|Jeremy DiLallo||2019||University of Central Florida||American Athletic Conference||NCAA DI|
|Bryan Moreira||2019||University of Indianapolis||Great Lakes Valley Conference||NCAA DII|
|Matheus Maccari||2019||University of Indianapolis||Great Lakes Valley Conference||NCAA DII|
|Christopher Jensen||2019||University of Indianapolis||Great Lakes Valley Conference||NCAA DII|
|Juan Pablo Echeverry||2019||University of Indianapolis||Great lakes Valley Conference||NCAA DII|
|Joao Curvo||2019||Wingate University||South Atlantic Conference||NCAA DII|
|Luiz Oliveira||2019||Wingate University||South Atlantic Conference||NCAA DII|
|Leonardo do Couto Sousa||2018||University of Charleston, West Virginia||Mountain East Conference||NCAA DII|
|Joao Gallo Lima||2019||University of Charleston, West Virginia||Mountain East Conference||NCAA DII|
|Leonardo Gama||2018||Palm Beach Atlantic University||Sunshine State Conference||NCAA DII|
|Nicolas Boucher||2018||Palm Beach Atlantic University||Sunshine State Conference||NCAA DII|
|Andre Castro||2017||Queens University||South Atlantic Conference||NCAA DII|
|Yuri Poplawski||2018||Queens University||South Atlantic Conference||NCAA DII|
|Ciao Brandao||2019||Queens University||South Atlantic Conference||NCAA DII|
|Sergi Agusti||2018||University of West Florida||Gulf South Conference||NCAA DII|
|Luca Galitelli||2018||Hanover College||Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference||NCAA DIII|
|Giancarlo Leite||2018||Luther College||American Rivers Conference||NCAA DIII|
|Luiz Sodre||2018||Luther College||American Rivers Conference||NCAA DIII|