Men’s Soccer Players Earn All-South Atlantic Region Honors
Posted: December 4, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Freshmen Sean Kelley and senior defender Fabien Lewis were both named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-South Atlantic Region Third Team.
Kelley, who was named Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Year and to the conference all-rookie team, as well as the All-CAA Second Team, saw action in net the entire 2006 season for the Patriots for a total of 1,997 minutes. Kelley is currently ranked sixth in the nation in NCAA Division I competition in save percentage (0.879), 14th in goals against average (0.637) and 30th in saves per game (4.86).
Kelley was named CAA Rookie of the Week on three occasions during the season and was the only player in the league to be earn this honor more than twice. In addition, the Kentucky native was named CAA Co-Player of the Week Oct. 9, as well as to the Men’s College National Soccer Team of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer on the same day. 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.
In Lewis’ first year with the Patriots program, he was an instrumental part of Mason’s defense that helped with a CAA-leading 11 shutouts through 18 games. Lewis played in 20 games for the Patriots in 2006 and was in the starting lineup 18 times.
Mason closed out the 2006 campaign fourth in the CAA with an overall record of 12-6-3 and a 7-3-1 mark in league play. The Patriots played in the CAA Championship game for the first time since 2003, but Hofstra claimed the title with a 3-2 advantage on penalty kicks after the game was tied, 1-1. Then, for the first time in 10 years, Mason received an invitation to participate in the 2006 NCAA Championship and hosted Bucknell University on Nov. 11, but fell by an overtime score of 1-0.