Dec. 13, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy men's soccer players Michael Rakoczy and Martin Sanchez have been named to National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) Division I All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team, the organization announced recently.
The pair are the first Navy players to be named all-region since Brian Steckroth following the 2001 season.
Rakoczy, a sophomore midfielder from Cincinnati, Ohio, was named to the second team after ranking second on the team with 11 points and tying for the team lead in goals with five. Earlier this year, Rakoczy was named second-team all-Patriot League after ranking among the league leaders in goals and points. He has led the team in goals in each of the past two years and currently has 19 career points (7 g, 5 a) to be Navy's current active leader in career points, goals and assists. Rakoczy was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com Team of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal against rival Army in late September and was named Patriot League Player of the Week on Sept. 20 following a two-goal effort in a win over Delaware. His other goals came in a big win over UMBC on Sept. 11 and against Howard on Oct. 5.
Sanchez, a freshman defenseman from Salisbury, Md., was named to the third team after a stellar rookie season in the defensive end. One of only two freshmen in the region to be named to one of the three teams, Sanchez appeared in all 16 games, starting every one of them. Sanchez led a Navy defense that ranked 22nd nationally in team goals against average while leading the Patriot League. The Navy defense allowed just 13 goals all season (16 games), one year after allowing 28 tallies in 19 games. Navy held 12 of its 16 opponents to one or fewer goals, while recording seven shutouts. In addition, Navy allowed just 11.6 shots per game. Earlier during his freshman campaign, Sanchez was named the Patriot League's Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 13) and was selected to the UMBC / Navy Kick-Off All-Tournament Team (Sept. 7).
The Mids recorded their first .500 record in five years with a 7-5-4 mark and finished with a 2-2-3 Patriot League record, while finishing ranked in the top 100 in all six statistical categories (scoring offense, total goals, goals against average, shutout percentage, winning percentage and save percentage) kept by the NCAA. Head coach Dave Brandt will lose just three seniors (Sam Lepley, Alex Foskett, Will Craven) while welcoming back players that scored all 24 goals and had 20 of Navy's 22 assists on the offensive side of the field, three starting defensemen and the starting goalkeeper for the 2011 season.
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