Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams Collect Honors
Posted: November 6, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
The final record of the George Mason women’s soccer team isn’t the only thing that improved between the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The Patriots also had a triumphant return to the All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) teams: Four Patriots were honored last week for their accomplishments this past season.
Junior defender Laura Salichs was named first-team All-CAA while junior forward Rachel Wiggins and junior midfielder L.J. Williams received second-team All-CAA honors. Freshman midfielder Leslie Cabe found a spot on the CAA All-Rookie Team.
The four awards come just one season after the Patriots were shutout of the year-end awards for the first time in school history.
Salichs was one of three defenders chosen to the first team. She was a CAA Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 8, and she was also selected to the Soccer Buzz National Elite Team of the Week after Mason earned back-to-back shutouts on the road. Salichs was tied for third on the team with three assists this season.
Wiggins set career highs for goals, assists and points as she had nine goals, five assists and 23 points. She was fourth in the conference in points, fifth in assists and sixth in goals. She also was named to the D.C. Invitational All-Tournament Team. She now has 17 goals and 13 assists in her career for 47 points.
Williams returned to the field this season after missing the 2005 campaign with a medical redshirt. She was second on the team in goals, with five, and tied for third in assists, with three. She started in the midfield in all but one game for the Patriots. She was named to the D.C. Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Cabe was second on the team in assists, with four. That placed her at the top of the team among first-year players. She also led first-year players in points, with six. Cabe had a game-winning goal in Mason’s 4-2 win over Georgia State.
She was second on the team among first-year players in goals, with one. She appeared in 18 games for Mason, starting 17 of those contests, and she was selected to the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team.
In men’s soccer, freshman goalkeeper Sean Kelley earned one of the top conference honors for the year as he was named the 2006 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year presented last Thursday.
In addition, freshman midfielder Richard Edgar was named to the All-CAA Rookie Team, while senior defender Fabien Lewis earned second team honors. Kelley was also named to the All-Rookie Team, as well as the All-CAA Second Team.
Kelley saw action in the net the entire 2006 season for the Patriots and played a total of 1,662 minutes. Before the CAA Championships, Kelly lead the conference in shutouts (11) and shutouts per game (0.61), while he was second in goals against average (0.60), second in save percentage (.884), third in saves (84) and fourth in saves per game (4.67). Prior to the first round of the CAA Championship, Kelley was ranked eighth in the nation in NCAA Division I competition in save percentage (0.876) and 14th in goals against average (0.63).
Throughout the season, Kelley was named CAA Rookie of the Week on three occasions and was the only player in the league to earn this honor more than twice. In addition, he was named CAA Co-Player of the Week, as well as to the Men’s College National Soccer Team of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer. In the Oct. 12 issue of Sports Illustrated, Kelley was featured in the “Faces in the Crowd” section and was also named to the “Best of the Rest” list by SoccerTimes.com.
From Sept. 8 to Oct. 8, Mason won nine straight games, which was only the third time in school history this happened and the first since 1998. In these nine games, Kelley allowed only three goals, and six of the eight shutouts during this period ended in a score of 1-0.
Edgar started all 18 games in his first year with the Patriots. In his first collegiate contest, he scored the game-winning goal in Mason’s 1-0 season-opening win against Monmouth University on Aug. 25. For his efforts, Edgar was named CAA Rookie of the Week, which put Mason’s season total on this award to four out of the 10 weeks during the regular season. Edgar also had the game-winning goal at Virginia Commonwealth University when the Patriots won by a score of 1-0. Edgar headed into the championships sixth among teammates in point total (4) and third in game-winning goals (2).
In Lewis’ first year with the Patriot program, he was an instrumental part of Mason’s defense that helped with a CAA-leading 11 shutouts through 18 games. Lewis played in 17 games for the Patriots in 2006 and was in the starting lineup 15 times.