Top Drawer Soccer names Luchini one of nation’s best forwards
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — If you ask around these parts, many will already tell you that Lehigh men’s soccer rising junior Josh Luchini is one of the most impressive players in the country. That much was true when he was named a Third Team All-American selection by the United Soccer Coaches following a dominant sophomore season as the team’s main striker.
As if he needed any further validation, Luchini was recently featured on Top Drawer Soccer’s list of the Top 10 forwards in the country for Division I soccer.
Despite the Patriot League announcing the cancellation of the fall 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, following in the footsteps of the Ivy League and preceding decisions by many other conferences, the list was still formed with the top 10 strikers following impressive 2019 campaigns.
Luchini had a fantastic second season, highlighted by his Patriot League-leading 11 goals, adding two assists to his total and was subsequently named Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-League for the first time.
Through two seasons as a member of the Brown and White, the Wexford, Pa. native has scored 17 goals and tallied six assists for 40 points in 40 appearances. He has paced the Patriot League in game-winning goals in each of the last two years, totaling nine.
Although the Mountain Hawks will have to wait to defend their Patriot League title for at least another semester, Luchini remains a favorite to repeat as the league’s best offensive player once teams return to training and competition at a later date.
(Press release and photo courtesy of Lehigh University.)