BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. -- Urbana men's soccer had six players recognized by the Mountain East Conference as the league announced Monday its annual awards.
Harry Tamplin (Kings Langley, England) and Antoine Ravera (Le Mans, France) landed on the All-MEC First Team while Thibaut Bourrier (Le Cres, France), Jasminko Dizdarevic (St. Charles, Ill.) and Zach Poff (Trenton, Ohio) earned a spot on the All-MEC Second Team. In addition, Benjamin Cancian (St-Laurent-Du-Var, France) received honorable mention and Poff also appeared on the league's All-Freshman squad.
The University of Charleston's Will Roberts, Thomas Vancaeyezeele and Kieran Bywater, along with West Virginia Wesleyan's Gavin Donaldson have earned top honors from the MEC.
Roberts, a senior from Wales, is the league's Offensive Player of the Year for the second time in his career after winning the award in 2015. He closed out the final regular season with 11 goals and five assists for a total of 27 points. His 1.80 points per game were second in the league, ane he was the only player in the conference to rank in the top three in both goals and assists per game.
Vancaeyezeele, a senior from Caan, France, is the MEC Defensive Player of the Year after leading one of the nation's top defenses in 2017. The Golden Eagles allowed just five shots per game and conceded just six goals all year, and allowed more than one goal in one game this season. Vancaeyezeele also stepped forward to contribute four goals and two assists on the season.
Bywater, a native of Manchester, England, is the conference's Freshman of the Year for his play for UC in the midfield. Bywater matched the league lead with eight assists in his first season for the Golden Eagles. The eight assists rank third among all freshman in NCAA Division II so far this season.
Donaldson was named MEC Coach of the Year after leading West Virginia Wesleyan to a runner-up finish in the MEC. The Bobcats, who finished fourth a season ago, went 10-5-3 overall this season and earned 25 league points to take second. West Virginia Wesleyan earned a national ranking this year for the first time since joining the MEC.
In addition to the individual honors, the league also announced the All-MEC teams. Regular season champion Charleston had six first team selections, while runner-up West Virginia Wesleyan had four. Urbana and Notre Dame each had two first team honorees.
The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.
2017 All-MEC First TeamPos. Name Cl. SchoolGK Paulo Pita So. CharlestonD Joshua Spencer Sr. W.Va. WesleyanD Harry Tamplin So. UrbanaD Paolo Termine So. Notre DameD Armando Tikvic Fr. CharlestonD Thomas Vancaeyezeele Sr. CharlestonM Kieran Bywater Fr. CharlestonM Patrick Guier Jr. CharlestonM Kevin Nyambi Sr. W.Va. WesleyanM Paul Smith Sr. W.Va. WesleyanF Juwon Akintunde Sr. W.Va. WesleyanF Leonardo Paiva Sr. Notre DameF Antoine Ravera Jr. UrbanaF Will Roberts Sr. Charleston2017 All-MEC Second TeamPos. NameSchoolGK Tyler Shotwell Jr. Wheeling JesuitD Robin Lapert So. CharlestonD Lewis Norvock So. Notre DameD Zach Poff Fr. UrbanaM Matthew Bentley So. W.Va. WesleyanM Reece Daly Jr. Notre DameM Jasminko Dizdarevic So. UrbanaM Mats Jota So. Notre DameF Sam Ashton So. ConcordF Ettore Ballestracci So. CharlestonF Thibaut Bourrier So. Urbana2017 All-MEC Honorable MentionXander Bailey (D, Concord), Pedro Bassin (D, Concord), Sam Bethell (D, Charleston), Gabriel Cabral (M, Charleston), Ben Cancian (M, Urbana), Luca Falconieri (M, W.Va. Wesleyan), Guilherme Gloria Albuquerque (F, Notre Dame), Williams N'Dah (D, Charleston), Bryce Porter (D, Wheeling Jesuit)2017 All-MEC Freshman TeamPos. Name Cl. SchoolM Kieran Bywater Fr. CharlestonM Moulay Hassani Fr. ConcordD Dominique Pierce Fr. Wheeling JesuitD Zach Poff Fr. UrbanaM Kazuma Takagi Fr. W.Va. WesleyanOffensive Player of the Year: Will Roberts (Charleston)Defensive Player of the Year: Thomas Vancaeyezeele (Charleston)Freshman of the Year: Kieran Bywater (Charleston)Coach of the Year: Gavin Donaldson (W.Va. Wesleyan)
Courtesy of the Urbana University Media Department and posted with their permission.
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