Two Long Island men’s soccer players from SUNY Oneonta were named to the NCAA Division III men’s All-America teams, United Soccer Coaches announced.

They were senior forward Witman Hernandez of Huntington, N.Y., who was chosen to the first team, and junior midfielder Roberto Ventura, who was a third-team selection.

Catholic University junior goalkeeper Jack Long of Manasquan, N.J. also earned third team honors.

Forty-seven men recognition this year led by three three-time All-Americans: Stevens Institute of Technology senior midfielder Julia Panko, Messiah College senior forward Brooke Firestone and Augsburg University senior forward Ashley St. Aubin. Eight women’s players and 10 men’s players are earning All-America honors for the second time in their careers.

This year’s All-Americans will be acknowledged for their accomplishments at the United Soccer Coaches All-America Ceremony & Reception on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at the Baltimore Convention Center in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches convention.

The honor for Hernandez, a Walt Whitman grad, was the first of his career while Ventura was recognized for a second time. Ventura, a Brentwood High graduate, earned first team honors in 2017 as a freshman. Hernandez became the fifth individual to secure a first team selection in program history while Ventura became only the third player to earn multiple nods as an All-American at the school.

“Witman was a certainty after his record-setting season,” head coach Iain Byrne said. “The suspense now is if he will take home the National Player of the Year award.”

Hernandez capped a record-breaking career, leading Oneonta to its sixth SUNYAC title this decade and eighth Division tournament appearance in the last nine years.

Hernandez recorded 56 points on 23 goals and 10 assists. His 56 points led all divisions of NCAA men’s soccer. He is tied for the NCAA all divisions lead in goals with Lorne Bickley of Division II Wilmington (Del.) College. He also leads all of NCAA men’s soccer with 11 game-winning goals, a season record for the Red Dragons. His 23 and points this were the second most all-time in a single season.

For his career, Hernandez started in 80 of 81 games and set program records for points (141) and goals (61). The goals record had stood since 1978 set by Oneonta Hall of Famer Keith Tozer. His 19 game-winning goals is tied for best all-time.

Ventura had a strong finish to help Oneonta capture the SUNYAC regular season and tournament titles. He finished second on the team in scoring with 14 points on four goals and six assists. Over the final seven games, he scored three goals and added three assists.

Through his first three seasons, Ventura has started in 51 of 56 games played and has collected 58 points on 22 goals and 14 assists. In addition to being selected as a first team All-American in 2017, he was the first player in the history of the SUNYAC to earn the rookie and offensive player of the year award in the same year.

Oneonta finished the 2019 season 18-3 overall and 8-1 in the SUNYAC. The Red Dragons advanced into the second round of the Division III tournament defeating Babson before falling to Messiah.

2019 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Men’s All-America Team

First Team
Pos. Name Class School Hometown
K AJ Marcucci* Jr. Connecticut College West Chester, Pa.
D Ben Rickson Sr. Worcester Polytechnic Institute West Warren, Mass.
D Cooper Robbins Sr. Messiah College Randelman, N.C.
D Connor Whitacre Sr. Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster, Pa.
M RJ Moore Jr. Johns Hopkins University Vienna, Va.
M Hunter Olson Sr. Calvin University Canton, Mich.
M Gabriel Soriano Sr. University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, Va.
F Ben Alexander So. Catholic University Bel Air, Md.
F Joe Braun* Sr. Tufts University Yardley, Pa.
F Joe Fala* Sr. Ramapo College Cape May Court House, N.J.
F Alexander Garuba* Sr. Centre College Atlanta, Ga.
F German Giammattei So. Amherst College Pinecrest, Fla.
F Witman Hernandez Sr. SUNY Oneonta Huntington, N.Y.
F Baboucarr Njie Jr. North Carolina Wesleyan College Washington, D.C.
F Cole Schwartz So. Gustavus Adolphus College Jakarta, Indonesia
Second Team
Pos. Name Class School Hometown
K Aaron Katsimpalis Jr. University of Chicago Harrison Township, Mich.
D William Birchard Jr. Claremont-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges Tucson, Ariz.
D Derek Cook Sr. Christopher Newport University Yorktown, Va.
D Halvor Houg Jr. University of St. Thomas Baerums, Norway
M Evan MacDonald Sr. Salve Regina University Candia, N.H.
M Peder Olsen* Jr. North Park University Larvik, Norway
M Jesse Riggs Sr. Covenant College Chesapeake, Va.
M Gavin Tasker Sr. Tufts University Concord, Mass.
M William Turrittin Jr. John Carroll University Medina, Ohio
F Ian Adams Sr. Calvin University Grand Rapids, Mich.
F Adetayo Adefioye Sr. Knox College Lagos, Nigeria
F Khalid Balogun* Sr. St. Mary’s College of Maryland Bowie, Md.
F Luis Green* So. Texas Lutheran University Monterrey, Mexico
F Nicholas Jannelli* Sr. Haverford College Springfield, Pa.
F Benjamin Keller Sr. Luther College White Bear Lake, Minn.
F Ryan Marcano* Sr. Oglethorpe University Atlanta, Ga.
Third Team
Pos. Name Class School Hometown
K Jack Long Jr. Catholic University Manasquan, N.J.
D Mason Anderson* Sr University of Texas-Dallas Frisco, Texas
D Trevor Bisson Jr. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Baton Rouge, La.
D Matthew Nigro Sr. John Carroll University Strongsville, Ohio
D Taylor Petkovich Sr. Central College Littleton, Colo.
M Makenson Cadet Jr. Hardin-Simmons University Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
M Nilton DeAndrade Jr. University of Massachusetts-Boston Fogo, Cape Verde
M Hector Gomez So. Ohio Wesleyan University Columbus, Ohio
M Alejandro MacLean Jr. Johns Hopkins University Riverside, Conn.
M Roberto Ventura Jr. SUNY Oneonta Brentwood, N.Y.
F Patrick Agyemang So. Eastern Connecticut State University East Hartford, Conn.
F Max Busch Fr. Bethany Lutheran College Odenthal, Germany
F Evan Couchot Sr. Endicott College Mason, Ohio
F Demian Gass Sr. Williams College Houston, Texas
F Danny Ruple Sr. Baldwin-Wallace University Berea, Ohio
F Sam Twigg So. Calvin University Auckland, New Zealand

* – Indicates repeat selection