CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Already winner of its second regular-season title in three years, the Boston University men’s soccer team added some more hardware today as it received three annual America East awards. UMBC, University of New Hampshire and Stony Brook University were also bestowed awards, which were decided in a vote by the league’s head coaches, along with the all-conference teams.
Boston U.’s Colin Henry (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) earned Defender of the Year honors, while teammate Kelvin Madzongwe (Magwegwe, Zimbabwe/Mpopoma) took home the Rookie of the Year award and the Terrier coaching staff, led by head man Neil Roberts, garnered Coaching Staff of the Year recognition. UMBC’s Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) was selected Striker of the Year, Stony Brook’s Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) was the Midfielder of the Year choice and New Hampshire’s Colin O’Donnell (Springfield, Mass./Minnechaug Regional) earned his second straight Goalkeeper of the Year honor.
Henry, a junior back, steadied a defense that included two freshman starters and a redshirt-freshman goalkeeper. Henry, who has started all 16 games in the back for the Terriers, helped his team allow just 0.88 goals per game, including a league-best three scores in seven America East games.
Madzongwe, a freshman back, stepped into the sweeper position and started all 16 games in that crucial role for the Terriers. Twice named America East Rookie of the Week, Madzongwe scored his first career goal in Boston U.’s 2-1 win over then No. 21 ranked Harvard on Sept. 26.
Roberts, who is in his 26th season on the Terrier bench, led his squad to an 11-4-1 record and its 10th America East regular-season title during his tenure. Boston U. leads America East in scoring (2.00 gpg) and scoring defense (0.88 gapg). Assisted by Scott Black, Francis Okaroh and Dan Colwell, Roberts, who is just two wins shy of 300, also earned Coach of the Year honors in 1991, ‘94, 2001, ‘04 and ‘08.
Houapeu, a senior forward, is one of the top scorers in the nation, ranking eighth with 27 points and sixth with 12 goals. The 2009 America East Midfielder of the Year, who scored three times against Vermont on Oct. 27 to earn Player of the Week honors, led UMBC to 10 wins and the No. 2 seed for the league tournament, its best tournament position since 2005.
Fernandes, a sophomore midfielder, backed up his stellar freshman campaign in which he won Rookie of the Year honors. He is tied for fourth among league leaders with six goals and ranks ninth with 13 points. Chosen the league’s Player of the Week on Oct. 12, Fernandes paces a Stony Brook squad that is 8-2-3 over its last 13 games.
O’Donnell, a senior goalkeeper with seven shutouts, is just the second player to win consecutive Goalkeeper of the Year honors since the award was first handed out in 2002. He ranks fifth among NCAA leaders with a 0.89 save percentage and seventh with a 0.52 goals-against average. O’Donnell has led his team to a 7-5-5 mark despite playing with an offense that averages just 0.71 goals per game.
Houapeu is joined at forward on the all-conference first team by Boston U.’s Ben Berube (Somerset, Mass./Somerset) and Aaron O’Neal (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam). Berube and O’Neal each scored eight goals, which ties them both for second among league leaders.
Along with Fernandes in the midfield are Boston U.’s Michael Bustamante (Chelsea, Mass./Chelsea), a three-time first-team all-conference selection, Stephen Knox (Arima, Trinidad/Fatima College) and UMBC’s Andrew Bulls (Millersville, Md./McDonogh), last season’s America East Striker of the Year.
Seniors Kyle Manscuk (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) from Binghamton University and Greg Tinari (Holbrook, N.Y./ Sachem East/St. John’s) from Stony Brook accompany Henry as the first-team all-conference backs.
The second-team forwards are University at Albany’s Bo Jelovac (Belgrade, Serbia/Sveti Sava School), UMBC’s Pete Caringi III (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and Stony Brook’s Raphael Abreu (New York, N.Y./Eleanor Roosevelt).
Binghamton’s Ryan Walter (Snyder, N.Y./Nichols), Boston U.’s Ben Havey (Preston, England/Cardinal Newman College/Loughborough Univ.), New Hampshire’s Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) and University of Vermont’s Kyle Luetkehans (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township) are the second-team midfielders.
Along with Madzongwe, University of Hartford’s Jamie Thomas and Stony Brook’s Mladen Ramic are the second-team defenders. UMBC’s Dan Louisignau (Wilmington, Del./Concord/Virginia) is the second-team goalkeeper after recording an .821 save percentage and a 0.95 GAA.
Madzongwe and Caringi are joined on the all-rookie team by Albany’s Christoffer Nisser (Stockholm, Sweden/Letälvsskola), Binghamton’s Tommy Moon (Endwell, N.Y./Maine-Endwell), Boston U.’s Brandon Briggs (Carson City, Nev./Carson), Derek McCaffery (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable) and Max White (Belmont, Mass./Noble & Greenough), UMBC’s Dan Welsh (Fife, Scotland/Stewart’s Melville College), New Hampshire’s Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H./Bridgton Academy) and Jeff Turner (Blandon, Pa./Fleetwood) and Vermont’s Malick Camara (Atlanta, Ga./Chamblee).
Thirty of the 33 all-conference selections will vie for the league title at the 2010 America East Men’s Soccer Championship, which begins with quarterfinal action on Saturday, November 6. For complete information on the America East Men’s Soccer Championship visit Championship Central.