Patriots Receive All-Virginia Soccer Honors
Posted: December 19, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Three George Mason women’s players and two men received recognition on the All-Virginia Division I soccer teams announced last week. Voting was conducted by the Virginia Sports Information Directors.
Goalkeeper Naomi Hines and defender Jess Delucchi, both seniors, were named to the All-Virginia women’s first team, while senior forward Katy Robertson was a second-team selection. For the men, sophomore goalkeeper John O’Hara was a first-team All-Virginia choice and freshman Damian O’Rourke was named to the second team.
Hines was honored for the first time on the all-state teams, while Robertson was a second-team choice for the first time after being a three-time first-team selection. Delucchi moves up to the first team after being a second-team pick in 1999 and 2001. O’Hara and O’Rourke both earn their first honors on the men’s all-state teams.
Hines had an outstanding finish to the 2002 season for the Patriot women, who completed the year at 10-11 overall, 7-2 and in second place in the Colonial Athletic Association. She was a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection and did not allow a goal as she played the first half in 8 of George Mason’s 9 conference regular-season games. Robertson is one of three Patriots to be a four-time All-CAA first-team selection. She led George Mason in scoring for the fourth time in her career with 7 goals, four assists, and 18 points. Delucchi was one of the anchors of a Patriot defense that allowed just 16 goals over its last 13 games, including just 7 in 9 CAA regular-season contests.
O’Hara, a first-team All-CAA and second-team All-South Atlantic Region selection after being the conference Rookie of the Year in 2001, was the defensive anchor for the George Mason men as they finished the season 8-7-4 overall, 3-4-2 and in seventh place in the CAA. The Patriots allowed just 21 goals in 19 games, their lowest total since 1990. O’Rourke made a difference for the Patriots both on offense and defense in 2002 as he was named the CAA Rookie of the Year and to the All-CAA second team. An excellent central defender, he helped anchor a Mason defense that posted eight shutouts and a 1.04 goals-against average in 19 games.