Kukucka Commits to Frostburg State University
Hagerstown, Md. - Former HCC starting goalkeeper, Brian Kukucka ('11), recently committed to attend Division III Frostburg State University and play soccer in the fall.
Kukucka, a two year starting goalkeeper for the Hawks was crucial in the recent success at Hagerstown Community College. Last season, while captaining the Hawks, he finished ranked 9th in the nation in saves, with a career-high 131. He also posted five shutouts. In 2009, Kukucka finished 10th in the nation in saves, with 122, while recording six shutouts. He finished his career at HCC with a 1.36 GAA, 253 saves, and 11 shutouts.
Kukucka helped the Hawks earn the #17 national ranking last sesaon, when they started out 6-0-0. During that stretch he only surrendered two goals. During his two seasons, the team finished with a combined 22-15-3 overall record.
Kukucka amassed numerous individual honors throughout his playing career at Hagerstown Community College. In 2010, he was named to the NJCAA Region XX All-Star team, as well as the Division I Region XX All-Tournament Team. In 2009, he was elected Second Team Division I NJCAA All-Region XX, as well as Honorable Mention All-MDJUCO and Division I Region XX All-Tournament Team.
Frostburg State University is located in Frostburg, MD and participates in the Capital Athletic Conference. Last season, they finished with an overall record of 11-13-0 and 6-9-0 in the conference. Strong conference play shouldn't be anything new to Kukucka, as six of the 13 MDJUCO teams were ranked nationally in 2010. The CAC boasts nationally ranked teams, York College and Salisbury University. Frostburg dropped both contests 1-0 and took Salisbury University to overtime.
"We as a coaching staff are extremely proud of Brian and we are thankful for this contributions to our program," stated head coach Brian Eichelberger. "He always performed well under pressure and kept us in many close games. We have a great working relationship with Frostburg State University, so it will be nice to continue to watch him grow. We wish Brian and FSU the best of luck in the coming years."