Final 2013 CAA Men's Soccer Report
CAA PLACES 12 ON ALL-REGION SQUAD: Twelve CAA players from six different teams were chosen to the NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region squad. Earning first-team honors were Delaware forward Guillermo Delgado, William & Mary defender Will Smith, Northeastern defender Simon Cox and Delaware goalkeeper Borja Barbero. Making the second team were Hofstra forward Chris Griebsch, Drexel midfielder Ken Tribbett, Northeastern midfielder Dante Marini and UNCW defender Jacob VanCompernolle. Receiving third-team recognition were Drexel midfielder Nathan Page, Delaware midfielder Vincent Mediate, Drexel defender Tal Bublil and Delaware defender Ignacio Martin.
DELAWARE’S HENNESSY NAMED REGION COACH OF THE YEAR: Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy was selected as the NSCAA South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. The Blue Hens earned a berth in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship for the second time in the past three years and this year’s team set program records for wins (14), goals (45) and assists (42).
THREE CAA PLAYERS MAKE SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICA SQUAD: Three CAA men’s soccer players were selected to the NSCAA Scholar All-America team. William & Mary senior defender Will Smith earned first-team honors and Hofstra senior forward Chris Griebsch and Drexel senior forward Ken Tribbett were on the second team. All three honorees were first-team All-CAA performers on the field and have cumulative grade point averages over 3.5.
THREE CAA TEAMS EARN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP BERTHS: Three CAA teams received berths in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship as conference champion Drexel was joined by at-large selections Delaware and William & Mary. It was the third year in a row and 10th time overall that at least three CAA teams were among the field of 48. Unfortunately, all three squads were eliminated in the first round as Drexel fell 5-1 at Old Dominion, Delaware was beaten 2-1 in overtime by St. John’s and George Mason advanced past William & Mary 4-2 on PK’s after the two teams battled to a 2-2 double-overtime tie. It was the first time since 2001 that at least one CAA team didn’t reach the second round.
DREXEL WINS FIRST CAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Top-seeded Drexel defeated #3 William & Mary 1-0 to capture its first CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. Freshman defender Jameson Detweiler, who hadn’t attempted a shot all season, got control of a loose ball following a Michele Patatia corner kick and tucked it inside the left post from seven yards out for the game-winning goal in the 26th minute. The Dragons’ defense limited the Tribe to nine shots, with freshman goalkeeper Tyler Afflerbach making four saves to earn his sixth shutout.
VARIETY OF CHAMPIONS: Eight different teams have captured the CAA men’s soccer championship over the past eight years. Hofstra captured the title in 2006, followed by Old Dominion in 2007, George Mason in 2008, UNCW in 2009, William & Mary in 2010, Delaware in 2011, Northeastern in 2012 and Drexel in 2013.
QUALITY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: All eight current CAA teams have earned a berth in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship at least once since 2006. The only other Division I conference that can match that feat is the West Coast Conference.
FIVE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Five CAA teams were ranked in the final NSCAA South Atlantic regional rankings. William & Mary was ranked #3 in the poll, followed by Delaware at #7, Drexel at #8, UNCW at #9 and Hofstra at #10.
CAA PLAYERS/TEAMS AMONG NCAA STAT LEADERS: Delaware freshman Guillermo Delgado ranked fourth in the nation in goals per game (.75) and fifth in points per game (1.75) in the final NCAA Division I statistics. Hofstra’s Maid Memic ranked 24th in goals (.56 gpg) and 33rd in points (1.28 ppg), while Pride teammate Chris Griebsch was 21st in assists per game (0.44) and 42nd in points per game (1.22). Delaware’s Roberto Gimenez (33rd/0.40 apg) and W&M’s Chris Perez (55th/0.37 apg) were also among the nation’s top 60 in assists, while Northeastern’s Dylan Faber (54th/0.959) and W&M’s Mac Phillips (56th/0.988) were among the top 60 in goals against average. In team categories, Delaware was ranked second in goals per game (2.25) and points per game (6.60) and sixth in assists (2.1 apg). William & Mary was 34th in assists (1.58 apg), 38th in points (4.84 ppg), 45th in goals (1.63 gpg) and 23rd in shutout percentage (0.47). Hofstra was 38th in goals (1.67 gpg) and 58th in points (4.5 ppg). College of Charleston was 37th in saves (5.06 spg).
W&M, DREXEL ADVANCE TO CAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Top-seeded Drexel advanced past #4 Delaware 7-6 on PK’s after a 2-2 draw and #3 William & Mary topped #2 UNCW 6-3 in the semifinals of the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. In the highest scoring game in CAA Tournament history, W&M got a pair of goals from Jackson Eskay and the game-winning goal and two assists from Chris Perez to defeat the Seahawks. UNCW got two of its three goals from junior Mateo Cardona. In the second game, Drexel jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Joaquin del Rosario, but the Blue Hens rallied on a goal by Roberto Gimenez and the equalizer by Guillermo Delgado with 5:33 remaining in regulation. The match went to PK’s, where Drexel’s Felipe Fegundes converted the winning kick in the ninth round. Dragons’ keeper Tyler Afflerbach ended the match with a diving save on a shot near the left post.
W&M, DELAWARE POST VICTORIES IN CAA QUARTERFINALS: Third-seeded William & Mary and #4 Delaware advanced to the semifinals of the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship after posting narrow victories. The Tribe got past #6 Hofstra 1-0 on junior Chris Albiston’s goal in the 37th minute. W&M freshman goalkeeper Mac Phillips made it stand up as he stopped five shots and recorded his league-leading ninth shutout. The Blue Hens edged #5 Northeastern 1-0 in double overtime. Senior Roberto Gimenez scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 107th minute after he was fouled in the box on a breakaway. UD goalkeeper Borja Barbero made five saves and posted his sixth shutout of the year.
HOFSTRA’S GRIEBSCH HEADLINES ALL-CAA MEN’S SOCCER TEAM: Hofstra senior forward Chris Griebsch, who ranked among the top three in the conference in goals (7), assists (8) and points (22) during the regular season, was selected as the 2013 CAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Year. He was the first Pride player to earn the honor since Michael Todd in 2006. William & Mary senior back Will Smith was chosen as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year, Delaware freshman forward Guillermo Delgado received CAA Rookie of the Year and Drexel’s Doug Hess was named CAA Coach of the Year.
DREXEL EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: Drexel captured its second consecutive CAA regular-season title after picking up a 2-1 victory at College of Charleston in its regular-season finale. Jared Girard gave the Dragons a 1-0 lead late in the first half and Guido Pena scored the eventual game-winner in the 55th minute. The Dragons have dropped only two regular-season CAA games over the past two seasons.