- Spanish; Literature and Culture
Alvarez is a Spanish, literature & culture major who is on pace to graduate in the spring of 2012.
Alvarez is a two-time captain and four-year starter for the University of Connecticut. Alvarez has taken on an increased leadership role with the injury to fellow senior captain Jossimar Sanchez. The leader of a perennial national contender, Alvarez is the creative force on the field and the driving leader off of it. A relaxed demeanor allows for excellent interaction with the media while leading his team vocally and by example. A constant media request, he’s been able to successfully perform on the field with a steady stream of media demands off the pitch.
Alvarez takes part in a reading program with the Bolton school system in Bolton, Connecticut. He also works free soccer clinics throughout the year helping to teach the local youth players in the area.
A preseason All-American and a member of the Hermann Trophy Watch List, Alvarez entered his senior season ranked No. 7 all-time at Connecticut with 33 career assists and has since moved into the No. 3 spot with 41 assists in four seasons. With seven goals and eight assists heading into the postseason, Alvarez now ranks 15th all-time at UConn with 81 points on 20 goals and 41 assists. Alvarez has led the Huskies to a 36-game unbeaten streak at home, the sixth longest streak in NCAA history. Connecticut claimed the 2012 BIG EAST Regular Season Championship. In four years, Alvarez has lost just 11 times overall and just twice in Storrs. In 2012, UConn’s senior captain was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and a member of the All-BIG EAST First Team. Alvarez was named a 2011 NSCAA Second Team All-American after leading UConn to a 19-3-3 record with six goals and eight assists. During his first three seasons, Alvarez was named the 2009 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, 2010 All-BIG EAST First Team, and 2011 All-BIG EAST Second Team. He led the league in assists as a freshman and sophomore and ranked second in the BIG EAST in assists as a junior. As a senior, he’s led Connecticut to a top-10 ranking throughout the season