Nov. 7, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Nationally-ranked VCU’s Jason Johnson was named the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Year, while Xavier’s Nick Hagglund and Charlotte’s Donnie Smith were tabbed the league’s Defensive and Midfielder of the Year, respectively, in voting conducted among the Conference’s 16 head coaches.
In the same vote, Temple’s Jared Martinelli was honored as Rookie of the Year and Mike McGinty of Saint Louis was selected as Coach of the Year.
In his first year in the Atlantic 10, Johnson made quite the impression, pacing the league in four statistical categories, including points (32), points per game (1.88), goals (13) and goals per game (0.76). The junior forward was twice named A-10 Player of the Week. In his A-10 debut, he posted a goal and an assist to help the Rams upset 13th-ranked Charlotte, marking VCU’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2006.
Hagglund, a junior defender, started all 18 games for the Musketeers this season and helped bolster a tenacious defensive that shutout six opponents and limited its foes to a 0.90 goals against average. The two-time All-Conference first team selection was also named to this year’s MAC Hermann Trophy watch list.
Smith directed the Charlotte midfield throughout the season, playing in 16 of the 49ers’ contests, while registering 11 points off four goals and three assists. He finished the regular season tied for third among A-10 leaders in game-winning tallies, as the senior recorded the golden goals in Charlotte’s victories over SEC foe South Carolina, along with league rivals Richmond and Saint Louis.
Johnson, Hagglund and Smith are joined on All-Conference first team by Charlotte’s Tyler Gibson (MF), Thomas Allen (D), Klay Davis (GK); Duquesne’s Adam Clement (D); Robbie Kristo (F) of Saint Louis; VCU’s Romena Bowie (MF); along with Xavier’s Luke Spencer (F) and Matt Walker (MF).
The second team in comprised of Butler’s Zach Steinberger (MF); Charlotte’s Giuseppe Gentile (F); Duquesne’s Joshua Patterson (F); La Salle’s John McCarthy (GK); St. Bonaventure’s Emmett O’Connor (F); Alex Sweetin (MF), Jon Roeckle (D) and Anthony Manning (D) of Saint Louis; Temple’s Cody Califiore (MF); VCU’s Dennis Castillo (D); and Xavier’s Will Walker (MF).
Martinelli was the key component to Temple’s offensive success this season. With 28 points on the year, including nine goals and 10 assists, he is currently ranked third in the nation among all rookies in scoring and is tied for eighth all-time at Temple for points in a single season. He leads the A-10 in shots (88), shots per game (4.89) and game-winning goals (5).
Martinelli headlines the 11-member All-Rookie team, which also consists of Butler’s Jeff Adkins; Charlotte’s Biko Bradnock-Brennan; Dayton’s Maik Schoonderwoerd and Chris Froschauer; Fordham’s Kyle Bitterman; La Salle’s Joe Farrell; Tim Lazorko of Saint Joseph’s; David Graydon of Saint Louis; along with VCU’s Dennis Castillo and Devon Fisher.
McGinty collected his first A-10 Coach of the Year citation after guiding Saint Louis to a 7-2-0 league mark and its second Conference Championship appearance in three years. McGinty currently owns a 28-21-4 career record in his third year with the Billikens.
The 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference championship begins this Thursday, Nov. 8 at 11:00 a.m. ET, as #2 Saint Louis takes on #7 La Salle, followed by game two at 2:00 p.m., as #3 Xavier squares off with #6 Dayton. Fourth-seeded VCU and #5 Temple take the pitch at 5:00 p.m.; and #1 Charlotte and #8 Duquesne will close out quarterfinal round action at 8:00 p.m.
The two semifinal contests will be played on Friday, Nov. 9 at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., while the league championship is set to air nationally on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4:00 p.m.
All seven matches (weather pending) are scheduled to be webcast free of charge through the A-10’s online home -- Atlantic10.com. Fans are reminded to check back with the Atlantic10.com throughout the week for all updated information regarding the 2012 A-10 Men's Soccer Championship as well as to check out the Championship Central page on the website.
ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
Robbie Kristo, Saint Louis - F
Jason Johnson, VCU - F
Luke Spencer, Xavier - F
Tyler Gibson, Charlotte - MF
Donnie Smith, Charlotte - MF
Romena Bowie, VCU - MF Matt Walker, Xavier - MF Thomas Allen, Charlotte - D Adam Clement, Duquesne - D Nick Hagglund, Xavier - D Klay Davis, Charlotte - GK
ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
Giuseppe Gentile, Charlotte - F
Joshua Patterson, Duquesne - F
Emmett O’Connor, St. Bonaventure - F
Zach Steinberger, Butler - MF
Alex Sweetin, Saint Louis - MF
Cody Califiore, Temple - MF
Will Walker, Xavier - MF
Anthony Manning, Saint Louis - D
Jon Roeckle, Saint Louis - D
Dennis Castillo, VCU - D
John McCarthy, La Salle - GK
Jeff Adkins, Butler
Biko Bradnock-Brennan, Charlotte
Maik Schoonderwoerd, Dayton
Chris Froschauer, Dayton
Kyle Bitterman, Fordham
Joe Farrell, La Salle
Tim Lazorko, Saint Joseph’s
David Graydon, Saint Louis
Jared Martinelli, Temple
Dennis Castillo, VCU
Devon Fisher, VCU
Brandon Fricke, Butler
Tyler Gibson, Charlotte
Jonathan Nelson, Dayton
Joshua Patterson, Duquesne
Simon Gomez, Duquesne
Carter Poe, Duquesne
Tim Brennan, Saint Joseph’s
Adnan Gabeljic, Saint Louis
Vaughn Spurrier, Temple
Andrew Wells, VCU
Sean Ryan, Xavier
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jason Johnson, VCU
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nick Hagglund, Xavier
MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR: Donnie Smith, Charlotte
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Jared Martinelli, Temple
COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike McGinty, Saint Louis