Tribe Menís Soccer Rakes in VaSID All-State Honors
Williamsburg, Va. - The honors continued to roll in for the William and Mary Tribe menís soccer team on Thursday, as the 2010 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Menís Soccer University Division All-State awards were announced. Tribe head coach Chris Norris was named Coach of the Year, while Nathaniel Baako, Derek Buckley and Alan Koger were named First-Team All-State. Earning second-team honors were Michael DiNuzzo and Andrew McAdams.
In his seventh season at the helm of the William and Mary program, head coach Chris Norris was named Coach of the Year after leading the College to the NCAA Third Round, a CAA Tournament title, and a CAA regular season crown. W&M posted a record of 15-3-2 overall, which marked the most wins in a season for the Tribe since 2002. Along with being named VaSID University Division Coach of the Year, Norris was also honored as the NSCAA South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
It has been a busy offseason for Baako, as he has accumulated many honors for his work on and off the pitch. Baako was named a NSCAA/Performance Subaru Second-Team All-American, and the midfielder was also named to the All-Region First-Team, All-CAA First-Team and the Soccer Americaís MVPs Second-Team. For his work in the classroom, Baako was named the NSCAA Senior College Menís Scholar All-America National Player of the Year, earning a spot on the NSCAA Menís College Scholar All-America team. Baako was also named CAA Menís Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Koger finished his career with the Tribe with a fantastic offensive season in 2010. Koger was named First-Team All-CAA last year after being selected to the All-CAA Second Team in 2009 and the CAA All-Rookie Team in 2007. In 2010, Koger was a force for the College, leading the Tribe with nine goals and 20 points. Kogerís nine goals were the third-most in the CAA, while his 20 points also ranked him third in conference. Earlier this month, Koger was taken in the third round (54th pick) of the 2011 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the New England Revolution.
A stalwart on the Tribeís backline this season, Buckley earned All-CAA honors for the first time in his career, being named first-team all-conference in 2010. Buckley was also named to the ECAC All-Star team following the year. Buckley was a critical member of the Tribeís defense in 2010 that allowed opponents to score just 0.81 goals a match, the third-best mark in the CAA. Buckley also contributed in the offensive end, tallying a pair of assists on the season.
A staple in net for the Tribe the past four seasons, McAdams was named to All-CAA Third Team in 2010, posting a goals against average of 0.81 while recording six shutouts, tying him for first in the conference. McAdams will leave Williamsburg ranked second all-time in school history in both saves and shutouts, behind only Adin Brown in both categories.
Also a main factor in the Tribeís great defensive play this season has been DiNuzzo, was named to the All-CAA Third Team for the first time in his career. DiNuzzo has been a constant on the Tribeís backline since stepping foot on campus, starting every match for the College since his freshman season. In 2010, DiNuzzo also helped out on the offensive end, tallying a pair of assists on the season.