NORTON, Mass. – Former Wheaton College two-time All-American Luke Finkelstein '15 has signed a professional soccer contract to play for DJK Turn and Sportsfriends 1911 in Germany. DJK-TuS Hordel is a sports club from the Bochum district of Hordel
Finkelstein is one of seven Wheaton men's soccer players to play professionally, along with Oscar Medina '97, Jim Manganello '99, Jeremy Long '99, Dan Antoniuk '03 and James Greenslit '06, Travis Blair '15 on the illustrious list of Wheaton.
Greenslit played for the reserve squad of the MLS' New England Revolution and in the United Soccer Leagues (USL), while Antoniuk was recently with the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League (NASL) after spending a number of seasons in the second-tier of American professional soccer. Antoniuk played for the Portland Timbers and the Montreal Impact among other A-League teams over his career. Medina and Manganello spent time with the Cape Cod Crusaders of the United States Interregional Soccer League (USISL), while Long played for the A-League's Boston Bulldogs.
Manganello was the only student-athlete drafted out of college as he was selected by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in the 1999 MLS College Draft.
During his time with Wheaton, Finkelstein led the program to a 52-25-8 record, four postseason berths, two NCAA Tournament appearances, one New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship title and one NEWMAC Regular Season crown.
Individually, Finkelstein garnered All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and D3soccer.com during his senior season, three NSCAA All-Region accolades, two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-New England honors, and four NEWMAC All-Conference selections including NEWMAC Rookie of the Year laurels in 2011.
Finkelstein also ranks tied for seventh in program history all-time in games played (83), and fourth all-time in assists with 28. Overall in his career, Finkelstein finished with nine goals and 28 assists for 46 points.
In 2014, Finkelstein's play and leadership at the midfield position also aided Wheaton to a 0.72 goals against average (GAA), 13 shutouts and a 0.54 GAA in conference-only games. Wheaton's shutout mark and conference GAA were both league leading figures last fall.
Wheaton advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season and made its tenth appearance overall in the NCAA Tournament in program history in 2014. The Lyons produced a 17-4-2 overall record and a 6-0-1 mark in league play to claim their eighth regular-season championship.
The Blue and White also compiled a program-best six NEWMAC All-Conference selections – which included Finkelstein – and tied a program-high for NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selections with three total.
Nationally, Wheaton ranked as high as No. 14 in the NSCAA poll and No. 16 in the D3soccer.com poll throughout the course of the regular season. The NSCAA tabbed the Lyons at No. 22 in its final rankings, while D3soccer.com picked the Blue and White at No. 17 overall to conclude the 2014 campaign.