From Tempel Green to the big leagues
AJ Marcucci ’21 is a pro. An actual pro—in January, the former Conn netminder became the first Camel ever to be drafted into Major League Soccer when he was selected by the New York Red Bulls in the third round.
“I would like to thank the Connecticut College community for everything they’ve done for me,” Marcucci said on draft day. “I wouldn’t have gotten where I am today without them, and I’m thankful for the entire athletic staff and community.”
As a Camel, Marcucci started in 54 of the team’s 55 matches between 2017 and 2019 and helped the team post a combined 35-10-9 ledger. He finished his career with a school-record 25 career shutouts, a 0.887 save percentage and a 0.50 goals against average.
Among his many accolades, Marcucci earned a place on the NCAA All-America First Team as the nation’s top Division III goalkeeper twice, selected by both the United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com in 2018 and 2019. He was also named the 2017 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and the 2018 NESCAC Player of the Year.
“I know this is a dream come true for AJ. He has earned this opportunity, and we couldn’t be happier and more excited for him,” said men’s head soccer coach Reuben Burk.
“AJ is a true example of how dedication, commitment and self-belief can open up doors that others might say can’t be opened.”