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William & Mary's Will Smith

CAA Places 12 On All-Region Men's Soccer Team

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 12/10/2013
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RICHMOND, Va. (December 10, 2013) – Twelve CAA men’s soccer players from six different teams were honored on the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I Men’s All-South Atlantic Region squad. The CAA was well-represented on all three squads as four players were chosen to the first, second and third teams.

Receiving first-team All-Region accolades were Delaware freshman forward Guillermo Delgado, William & Mary senior defender Will Smith, Northeastern junior defender Simon Cox and Delaware junior goalkeeper Borja Barbero. Delgado was a first-team All-CAA choice and the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2013 after leading the conference with 15 goals and 35 points. Smith was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-CAA pick after anchoring a Tribe defense that led the league in goals against average (0.99) and shutouts (9). Cox, who was the 2012 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, made the All-CAA first team for the second year in a row after leading a Huskies defense that was second in the conference with a 1.01 GAA and six shutouts. Barbero was a first-team All-CAA honoree after posting a 1.24 GAA with five shutouts and leading the league with 70 saves.

Chosen to the All-Region second team were Hofstra senior forward Chris Griebsch, Drexel senior midfielder Ken Tribbett, Northeastern senior midfielder Dante Marini and UNCW junior defender Jacob VanCompernolle. Griebsch was honored as the 2013 CAA Player of the Year after contributing seven goals, a league-high eight assists and 22 points for the Pride. Tribbett received first-team All-CAA and CAA All-Tournament honors after tallying four goals and two assists for a Dragons’ team that captured the conference title. Marini made the All-CAA first team for the second time in his career after topping the Huskies in goals (6), assists (5) and points (17). VanCompernolle earned a first-team All-CAA spot after leading a Seahawks’ defense that allowed just 4.8 shots per game while also chipping in a goal and three assists offensively.

Selected to the third-team All-Region were Drexel senior midfielder Nathan Page, Delaware senior midfielder Vincent Mediate, Drexel senior defender Tal Bublil and Delaware senior defender Ignacio Martin. Page was a first-team All-CAA pick for the second year in a row after leading the Dragons with five goals and 13 points. Mediate tallied a goal and two assists for the Blue Hens and was a member of the All-CAA second team. Bublil earned second-team All-CAA accolades and was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player at the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship after spearheading a Dragons’ defense that registered six shutouts. Martin was a third-team All-CAA honoree in 2013 after leading a Blue Hens’ backline that posted six shutouts.

It was another outstanding season for CAA men’s soccer as the conference placed at least three teams in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship for the third year in a row. CAA champion Drexel was joined by Delaware and William & Mary.