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November 5, 2008
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REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPION BOSTON UNIVERSITY EARNS THREE MEN’S SOCCER ANNUAL AWARDS
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.-- Four men’s soccer standouts and a coaching staff all striving for an America East Championship have been honored with annual conference
awards, as decided in a vote by the league’s head coaches and announced today. Freshman Michael Bustamante (Chelsea, Mass./Chelsea) from Boston University
earned Midﬁelder and Rookie of the Year honors, becoming just the fourth player in league history to earn multiple end-of-year awards in the same season. The Ter-
riers’ coaching staff, led by longtime mentor Neil Roberts, received Coaching Staff of the Year recognition. University at Albany’s Claudio Dantas (Orlando, Fla./Crystal
Lake/Jefferson College) and Steward Ceus (West Haverstraw, N.Y./North Rockland), two vital pieces to the Great Danes’ nine-win turnaround, garnered Striker and
Goalkeeper of the Year accolades. University of Vermont’s Connor Tobin (Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins) was named Defender of the Year after leading a defense
that allowed just three goals in conference play.
Bustamante, who earned America East Rookie of the Week honors on October 13, ﬁnished the regular season tied for third among league leaders with eight assists,
including a league-best ﬁve in America East play. He added two goals for 12 points, which ranked second on Boston U. Bustamante joins Matt Watson (UMBC ‘07),
New Hampshire’s Chris Banks and Vermont’s Lee Stephane Kouadio as the only players to earn multiple accolades in the same season.
Roberts, who is in his 24th season as head coach, led Boston University to its ninth regular-season title during his tenure. Roberts and his Terriers, who are unbeaten
over their last seven games with six victories during that span, are in search of their second straight trip to the NCAA tournament and eighth America East title in
their history. Roberts, who also received Coach of the Year recognition in 1991, 1994, 2001, and 2004, is assisted by Scott Black, Francis Okaroh and Dan Colwell.
Dantas, a transfer from Jefferson College, ranks 21st among NCAA leaders with 1.65 points per game and eighth with 0.59 assists per contest. The America East
Co-Player of the Week for September 2, Dantas led the conference in points (28), was tied for the lead in assists (10) and tied for second in goals (9). He also led
the Great Danes to 12 wins, which tied their Division I program mark set in 2004.
Ceus, a 6-foot-6 presence on the back line, ranks ﬁfth in the nation with 6.08 saves per game and second in America East in save percentage (.859). Ceus, Albany’s
all-time leader in career shutouts (19) and saves (325), has blanked seven opponents this season, including ﬁve conference foes.
Tobin, a ﬁrst-team all-conference selection in 2007, leads a defense that ranks 12th in the nation in team goals against average. A candidate for Lowe’s Senior Class
Award, Tobin was named America East Player of the Week on October 13. His Catamounts have allowed just six scores in their last 18 games against league foes,
including a pair of shutouts in the 2007 America East Championship.
Dantas is joined at forward on the all-conference ﬁrst team by Hartford’s Carlos Villa (Las Conchas, Guatemala/Arrayanes/San Jacinto College). Villa leads the league
with 11 goals and is second with 25 points.
Bustamante, one of ﬁve midﬁelders on the ﬁrst team, is accompanied by Binghamton’s Justin Leskow (Endwell, N.Y./Union Endicott), Hartford’s Ivan Guarin (Pereira,
Colombia/White Plains/Herkimer CC), New Hampshire’s Kyle Urso (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East) and Vermont’s Jordan Crasilneck (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon), a ﬁrst-
team selection in 2006.
Boston University’s Dan Schultz (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seven Hills School) and Binghamton’s Barry Neville (Glascow, Scotland/Mearns Castle), both all-conference selec-
tions a year ago, join Tobin on the ﬁrst team this year.
The second-team forwards, Binghamton’s Cameron Keith (Aberdeenshire, Scotland/Aberdeen University) and Boston University’s Shaun Taylor (Sandown, England/
Sandown), were both ﬁrst-team selections in 2007. The pair have combined for 16 goals, including nine game-winners, this season.
The second-team midﬁeld consists of Albany’s senior duo Don Johnson (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) and Gaby Seguin-Gauthier (Chateauguay, Quebec/College
Francais/Champlain), Boston University juniors Samuel Appiah (Obuasi, Ghana/University of Ghana) and Richy Dorman (Flintshire, Wales/Hawarden) as well as
Vermont junior T.J. Gore (Macomb, Mich./Dakota), a second-team choice for the third straight year.
Albany’s Erik DiLorenzo (Bolton, Ontario/Robert F. Hall Catholic), Binghamton’s Kyle Manscuk (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) and Vermont’s Jake McFadden (Col-
chester, Vt./Colchester) are the second-team defenders.
Vermont’s Roger Scully (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) repeats as the second-team goalkeeper. Scully ranks third in the conference in goals against average (0.63)
and second in shutouts (9). He recorded a miniscule 0.35 GAA and ﬁve shutouts in conference play.
Bustamante, along with Binghamton’s Ryan Walter (Snyder, N.Y./Nichols), Hartford’s Pat Boucher (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell), UMBC’s Andrew Bulls (Millersville,
Md./McDonogh) and Vermont’s Yannick Lewis (Toronto, Ontario/Bramalea Secondary) were unanimous selections to the all-rookie squad. They are joined by Konner
McNamara (Mississauga, Ontario/Iona Catholic Secondary School) of Albany, Andy Tiedt (Akron, N.Y./Akron) from Binghamton, Colin Henry (Norwell, Mass.Norwell)
from Boston U., Jorge Rodriguez (East Hartford, Conn./Hartford), Daniel Tannous (Thornhill, Ontario/St. Elizabeth) of Maine and Brad Hilton (Merrimack, N.H./Mer-
rimack) from New Hampshire.
All 22 all-conference selections and nine of 11 all-rookie choices, whose teams carry a combined .615 winning percentage, will compete for the league title at the
2008 America East Men’s Soccer Championship, which begins with quarterﬁnal action on Saturday, November 8. For complete information on America East men’s
soccer, including Championship Central, log on to the conference’s ofﬁcial website www.AmericaEast.com.
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2008 AMERICA EAST MEN’S SOCCER ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
Position Name Cl. School Hometown/High School/Previous
Forward Claudio Dantas Jr. Albany Orlando, Fla./Crystal Lake/Jefferson College
Forward Carlos Villa Jr. Hartford Las Conchas, Guatemala/Arrayanes/San Jacinto College
Midﬁeld Justin Leskow Sr. Binghamton Endwell, N.Y./Union Endicott
Midﬁeld *Michael Bustamante Fr. Boston University Chelsea, Mass./Chelsea
Midﬁeld Ivan Guarin Jr. Hartford Pereira, Colombia/White Plains (N.Y.)/Herkimer CC
Midﬁeld Kyle Urso Sr. New Hampshire Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East
Midﬁeld Jordan Crasilneck (1) Sr. Vermont Eugene, Ore./Sheldon
Back Barry Neville (2) Sr. Binghamton Glasgow, Scotland/Mearns Castle
Back Dan Schultz (3) Sr. Boston University Cincinnati, Ohio/Seven Hills School
Back *Connor Tobin (4) Sr. Vermont Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins
Goalkeeper Steward Ceus Sr. Albany West Haverstraw, N.Y./North Rockland
Forward Cameron Keith (2) Jr. Binghamton Aberdeenshire, Scotland/Aberdeen University
Forward Shaun Taylor (2) Jr. Boston University Sandown, England/Sandown
Midﬁeld Don Johnson Sr. Albany Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman
Midﬁeld Gaby Seguin-Gauthier Sr. Albany Chateauguay, Quebec/College Francais/Champlain
Midﬁeld Samuel Appiah Jr. Boston University Obuasi, Ghana/University of Ghana
Midﬁeld Richy Dorman Jr. Boston University Flintshire, Wales/Hawarden
Midﬁeld T.J. Gore (5) Jr. Vermont Macomb, Mich./Dakota
Back Erik DiLorenzo Sr. Albany Bolton, Ontario/Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School
Back Kyle Manscuk So. Binghamton Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Insitute
Back Jake McFadden Sr. Vermont Colchester, Vt./Colchester
Goalkeeper Roger Scully (3) Sr. Vermont East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme
All-Rookie Team (11 regardless of position)
Back Konner McNamara Fr. Albany Mississauga, Ontario/Iona Catholic Secondary School
Midﬁeld *Ryan Walter Fr. Binghamton Snyder, N.Y./Nichols
Forward Andy Tiedt Fr. Binghamton Akron, N.Y./Akron
Midﬁeld *Michael Bustamante Fr. Boston University Chelsea, Mass./Chelsea
Midﬁeld Colin Henry Fr. Boston University Norwell, Mass./Norwell
Midﬁeld *Pat Boucher Fr. Hartford Cromwell, Conn/Cromwell
Back Jorge Rodriguez Fr. Hartford East Hartford, Conn./East Hartford
Back Daniel Tannous Fr. Maine Thornhill, Ontario/St. Elizabeth
Forward *Andrew Bulls Fr. UMBC Millersville, Md./McDonogh
Midﬁeld Brad Hilton Fr. New Hampshire Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack
Back *Yannick Lewis Fr. Vermont Toronto, Ontario/Bramalea Secondary
Striker of the Year: Claudio Dantas, Albany
Midﬁelder of the Year: Michael Bustamante, Boston University
Defender of the Year: Connor Tobin, Vermont
Goalkeeper of the Year: Steward Ceus, Albany
Rookie of the Year: Michael Bustamante, Boston University
Coaching Staff of the Year: Boston University - Neil Roberts, Head Coach (6)
* Unanimous Selection
(1) First team - 2006; Second team - 2005
(2) First team - 2007
(3) Second team - 2007
(4) First team - 2007; Second team - 2006
(5) First team - 2006; Second team - 2007
(6) Coach of the Year - 1991, 1994, 2001, 2004