Nine mens soccer Saints earn All-Conference honors
Nine members of the St. Lawrence University men's soccer team earned All-Conference honors for the 2012 season, as announced by the Liberty League on Thursday afternoon. Leading the way for the Saints were First Team Selections were seniors Sam DeMello, Alex Laird and Brian Gilloran, and junior Andrew Bednarsky.
Seniors Nate Goss-Woliner and Will Congdon were joined by first-year student Ozzy Morales in earning Second Team honors, while first-year students Seyefe Brouk and Ryan Grant earned Honorable Mention status.DeMello, a four-time All-Conference honoree, was a unanimous selection at midfield as he led the Saints with 11 goals and an assist, totaling 23 points. The Easthampton, MA native scored two of his goals against Hobart, which moved him into second on the all-time scoring list as he became just the second player in St. Lawrence men's soccer history to reach the century mark in scoring.
Laird, an All-Conference selection for the second time in his career, anchored the Saints' defense which ranks top-ten in the nation in shutout percentage and goals against average. The Monroe, NY native also chipped in offensively, scoring three goals, including a game-winner against RIT, and assisting on two others during the season.
Gilloran also earned All-Conference honors at forward for the second time in his career as he is tied with DeMello as the Saints leading scorer with 23 points. He has scored eight goals, including two game-winners, while leading the team in assists with seven.
Bednarsky, a two-time first team selection at midfield, contributed both offensively and defensively, and finished the season with a goal and four assists.
Goss-Woliner earned Second Team honors for the second time in his career as he allowed only eight goals in 1420:09 minutes during the season, while posting 12 shutouts. Congdon, who earned All-Conference recognition for the first time in his career, helped backstop the Saints' defensive efforts and also added six assists on the season, good for second on the team.
Three members of the first-year student class earned recognition in their debut season with the Saints. Morales was tabbed for Second Team as a forward tallying a goal, the game-winner against St. John Fisher, while adding two assists on the season.
Brouk and Grant both earned honorable mention recognition for their efforts during the season. Brouk helped on both ends of the field and added three goals, including the game-winner against Clarkson. Grant, a forward and candidate for Rookie of the Year, notched three goals, all three of which were game-winners, and added six assists for third on the team in scoring.
Gilloran also earned a spot on the Academic All-Conference team, awarded to student-athletes who hold a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher after completing two full semesters at their institution. He is joined by juniors Juan Chang and Pete Walsh, and sophomores Mark Provost and Austin Roney in garnering All-Academic honors.
St. Lawrence moved to 13-2-3 on the season after tying RPI but lost in penalty kicks last night in the Liberty League semifinal. The Saints hope to gain an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will find out their fate on Monday, when the NCAA Tournament Selection Show runs at 1:00pm.