Alabi Named CAA Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Week

Posted: November 6, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason freshman forward Steve Alabi of the men’s soccer team has been selected as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week. The award is for accomplishments from Oct. 28 through Nov. 3.

A native of Rotterham, England, Alabi had an outstanding week, scoring four of George Mason’s five goals as the Patriots (8-5-3, 3-2-1 CAA) split a pair of home games against CAA foes. Alabi had Mason’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Towson Friday, but he recorded his first career hat trick and second career multi-goal game with three goals in a 4-0 victory over Delaware Sunday.

Alabi is tied for 14th this week in the South Atlantic Region with seven goals in nine games. He would rank second in the CAA with 0.78 goals per game, but he has not played in enough games to qualify, as he missed the first six games of the season due to NCAA regulations regarding his international playing background.

Alabi scored once in the first half and twice in the second half against the Fightin’ Blue Hens for the first George Mason hat trick since Eduardo Lima accomplished the feat on Sept. 3, 2000.

George Mason, currently in a tie for fifth place with Drexel in the CAA standings, finishes its regular season with two road games against conference foes. The Patriots visit Drexel Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Hofstra Sunday at 2 p.m.

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