Saints men's soccer announces 2013 award winners
Head Coach Bob Durocher presented 10 members of the 2013 men's soccer team with team awards on April 25 at its annual banquet, which coincides with the program's alumni weekend.
Senior captain Andrew Bednarsky was named the Most Valuable Player as well as the Dana Hollingsworth Offensive Player of the Year. A unanimous selection for Liberty League Player of the Year and the ECAC Upstate Player of the Year, Bednarsky led the Saints with nine goals and eight assists for 26 points on the year.The Matt Dennett Rookie of the Year award was presented to midfielder Rob Brandell, who tallied two goals and two assists in 22 games player during his first season with the Saints.
Sophomore defender Dan Hunt earned the Bob Goodwin Most Consistent Player of the Year award after anchoring the Saints stellar defensive corps and finishing fourth on the team in scoring with seven goals and two assists.
Fellow sophomore defender Harry Copeland was named the Nick Hillary Defensive Player of the Year after another impressive season in the back field for St. Lawrence, while junior Austin Roney received the Robby Van Etten Award. Roney was also the team's recipient of the National Student Athlete Day Award for his outstanding efforts in the classroom.
Sophomores Praveen Balakumaran and Christian Yarros were co-winners of the Most Improved Player Award this season. After both players appeared in just eight games for the Saints in 2012, Balakumaran tallied a goal and two assists in 16 games played and Yarros saw action in 19 games and notched one goal – a game-winner – against Liberty League foe Union.
The Coaches Awards were given to departing seniors Bednarsky and Craig Davis. Davis was injured in a preseason scrimmage and was unable to play for the Saints during his senior campaign but remained an integral part of the team throughout.
The Saints also presented their annual 1 v 1 awards with junior Mark Provost being named champion with a 17-2 record. He also took home the award for most goals scored in the offseason with 399. Sophomore Praveen Balakumaran allowed the fewest goals at 124, and classmate Johnny Mendoza earned the perseverance award for totaling 442 minutes played in the 1 v 1 room.
The men's soccer alumni weekend also featured a Saturday game between returning alumni and current players, as well as a golf match. More than 20 former players returned to take part.