Elon Men’s Soccer Places Six on All-CAA Teams

RICHMOND, Va. – The Elon University men’s soccer team had six members of the program recognized on the 2014 All-Colonial Athletic Association men’s soccer teams as announced by the league on Wednesday night, Nov. 12.

Junior midfielder Miguel Salazar headlined the group with a first team All-CAA selection. Senior goalkeeper Nathan Dean along with juniors James Brace and Nathan Diehl were added to the second team while senior Jason Waterman was a third team honoree. Freshman defender Jonathan Coleby also earned All-CAA honors after being named to the league’s All-Rookie team.

“Congratulations to Miguel, James, Nathan Dean, Nathan Diehl, Jason and Jonathan for being honored by the CAA this year,” said Elon head coach Chris Little. “The CAA is a very good league and we are very happy for these players to have been recognized for their individual performances.”

A native of Guanajuato, Mexico, Salazar has been one of the team’s top performers this season, appearing and starting all 19 games. He currently ranks third on the team in goals (three) and points (seven) and scored the game-winning goals against Loyola Marymount and Duke. Salazar also contributed to the Phoenix’s defensive success from his holding midfield position helping Elon to a conference-best nine shutouts.

Brace paces the squad in points (12) on his team-high six goals this season. The Hartlepool, England, native also leads the team with four game-winning goals, which ranks 19th in the nation. Brace netted the lone scores against Winthrop, West Virginia and triad rival High Point. He was also a 2014 Preseason All-CAA selection.

Dean played every minute between the posts and has posted a goals-against-average of 0.85 to go with single-season career high of nine clean sheets this season. The Liverpool, England, native became the program’s all-time career leader in shutouts on Oct. 11 in the Phoenix’s 5-0 win versus Northeastern. Dean received honorable mention on the 2014 All-CAA preseason teams.

Diehl received his first all-conference selection with the Phoenix after helping anchor a backline that was one of the best in the CAA. The Birmingham, Ala., native started all 19 games this season, mostly at right back. He also contributed offensively for the Phoenix with a goal and is tied for the team-lead in assists with two.

Another 2014 Preseason All-CAA selection, Waterman is second on the team in goals (four) and points (nine) this season from his striker position. The Bloomington, Ind., native scored his first goal of the season against Northeastern on Oct. 11 in Elon’s first-ever win as a member of its new league. He also had a pair of key game-winning goals on road at No. 23 UNC Wilmington and at College of Charleston in double overtime.

A starter in all 19 games this season mainly at right center back, Coleby has helped a Phoenix backline that ranked among the top two in the CAA a number of defensive categories. The Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, native also has two assists to his credit this season.
Waterman was also the Phoenix’s lone representative on the CAA All-Academic team.

First Team

Player, School                          Cl.  Pos.  Hometown/Previous School
Colin Bonner, UNCW#                     Jr.  F     Fulton, Md./Reservoir
Guillermo Delgado, Delaware*            So.  F     Tres Cantos, Spain/Jose Luis Sampedro
Maid Memic, Hofstra*                    Sr.  F     Kozarac, Bosnia/Voss Gymnas
Jamie Dell, UNCW                        Sr.  MF    Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill
Joseph Holland, Hofstra                 So.  MF    London, England/Lewisham College
Miguel Salazar, Elon                    Jr.  MF    Guanajuato, Mexico/Vista Grande
Bjarki Aðalsteinsson, James Madison#    Jr.  D     Kopavogur, Iceland/Menntaskolinn i Kopavogi
Harri Hawkins, Hofstra                  So.  D     Cambridge, England/Chesterton
Tobias Muller, Delaware                 Sr.  D     Steinfurt, Germany/Bunsen Gymnasium
Jacob VanCompernolle, UNCW*             Sr.  D     Dallas, Texas/R.L. Turner
Borja Barbero, Delaware*                Sr.  GK    Valladolid, Spain/Apostolado

Second Team

Player, School                          Cl.  Pos.  Hometown/High School
Josh Grant, James Madison#              Sr.  F     Plymouth, England/Torpoint College
Frantzdy Pierrot, Northeastern          Fr.  F     Melrose, Mass./Seacoast United Development Acad.
James Brace, Elon                       Jr.  MF    Hartlepool, England/High Tunstall
Joe Dipre, Delaware                     Jr.  MF    Betchworth, England/London Freemen’s School
John Grosh, Drexel                      Sr.  MF    Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township
David Sizemore, UNCW#                   Sr.  MF    Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina
Simon Cox, Northeastern*                Sr.  D     London, England/Fullbrook School
Nathan Diehl, Elon                      Jr.  D     Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook
Ambry Moss, Northeastern%               Sr.  D     Nassau, Bahamas/The Pendleton School
Michael Teiman, William & Mary          Sr.  D     Liverpool, England/Liverpool College
Nathan Dean, Elon                       Sr.  GK    Liverpool, England/Rainhill      

Third Team

Player, School                          Cl.  Pos.  Hometown/High School
Nico Rittmeyer, College of Charleston   So.  F     Savannah, Ga./Savannah Country Day
Jason Waterman, Elon                    Sr.  F     Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington North
Chris Albiston, William & Mary%         Sr.  MF    Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox
Jonathan Barden, James Madison          Sr.  MF    Harrow, England/Park
Elliott Firth, Hofstra%                 Sr.  MF    Sheffield, England/Penistone Grammar School
Brad Fountain, Northeastern             Fr.  MF    Southampton, England
Troy Peterson, College of Charleston    Sr.  MF    Federal Way, Wash./Todd Beamber
Mark Harris, UNCW                       Sr.  D     Durham, N.C./C.E. Jordan
Robert Liberatore, Drexel%              Sr.  D     Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons
Ignacio Martin, Delaware%               Sr.  D     La Laguna, Spain/The British School of Tenerife
Kyle Morton, James Madison              So.  GK    West Chester, Pa./Reed Henderson

2014 CAA Player of the Year: Guillermo Delgado, Delaware
2014 CAA Defensive Player of the Year: Jacob VanCompernolle, UNCW
2014 CAA Rookie of the Year: Frantzdy Pierrot, Northeastern
2014 CAA Coach of the Year: Aidan Heaney, UNCW
* – All-CAA First Team in 2013
# – All-CAA Second Team in 2013
% – All-CAA Third Team in 2013

2014 CAA Men’s Soccer All-Rookie Team

Player, School                          Cl.  Pos.   Hometown/High School
Toby Appleton, James Madison            Fr.  D      Cheshire, England
Leland Archer, College of Charleston    Fr.  D      Port of Spain, Trinidad/Fatima College
Jonathan Coleby, Elon                   Fr.  D      Middlesbrough, United Kingdom/Trinity Catholic Coll.
Danny Elliott, Hofstra                  Fr.  F      Nottingham, England/West Bridgford Comprehensive
William Eskay, William & Mary           Fr.  MF     Urbana, Md./Urbana
Brad Fountain, Northeastern             Fr.  MF     Southampton, England
Thibault Philippe, Delaware             So.  MF     Saint-Brienc, France/Lycee Notre-dame Guingamp              
Frantzdy Pierrot, Northeastern          Fr.  F      Melrose, Mass./Seacoast United Development Acad.
Brayden Smith, UNCW                     Fr.  D      Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth
Mani Walcott, Hofstra                   Fr.  MF     Beltsville, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt

2014 CAA Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team

Player, School                          Cl.   Pos.   Hometown/Previous School
Daniel Arvidsson, Northeastern          Fr.-R MF     Sao Paulo, Brazil/American School of The Hague
Erik Clark, College of Charleston       So.   MF     Mt. Pleasant, S.C./Wando
Alex Harrington, William & Mary         Sr.   GK     Arlington, Va./Bishop O’Connell
Robert Liberatore, Drexel               Sr.   D      Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons
Patric Pray, Hofstra                    Jr.   GK     Chandler, Ariz./Corona Del Sol
Ben Sampson, Delaware                   Jr.   MF     Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury
Jamal Umar, James Madison               Sr.   F      Herndon, Va./Chantilly
Jacob VanCompernolle, UNCW              Sr.   D      Dallas, Texas/R.L. Turner
Jason Waterman, Elon                    Sr.   F      Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington North