Tanner Named CAA Men's Soccer Player of the Year, Dawson Coach of the Year
Tanner earns Player of the Year and All CAA First Team honors after landing a career-high 18 goals and assisting on four others to finish first in the CAA with 40 points. He is ODU's first men's soccer player of the year since Neil Paynter in 1991.
For Dawson, it was his first CAA Coach of the Year award since inheriting a 3-17-0 after the 1995 season. Since then, Dawson pioneered the Monarchs to seven wins in 1997, eight in '98 and 14 in ?99, along with the team's first-ever #1 seed in the CAA Tournament.
In addition to Tanner, 1998 CAA Rookie of the Year Carlos Mendes (Mineola, NY) earned All CAA First Team honors after scoring one goal and adding nine assists for the team in 1999. His nine assists in 17 games rank him 19th nationally.
Old Dominion placed three members on the All CAA Second Team, including two freshmen. Senior goalkeeper Chuck Connelly (Rockville, MD) earns the honors after leading the 17th-ranked Monarch defense to seven shutouts on the season and a CAA-low 0.76 team goals against average.
In addition, freshman defender Anders Haugom (Gjovik, Norway) and freshman midfielder Michael Tooley (Richmond, VA) earned second team honors. Haugom a former member of the U-18 Norwegian National Team earned the honors in just his rookie season after starting all 17 matches and playing every minute of every game on the defensive side of the field for ODU. He also landed one goal and assisted on two others.
Tooley, a standout from Richmond's Mills Godwin High School, earned second team honors after finishing fourth in the CAA with 23 points on eight goals and seven assists. He and Haugom were two of three freshmen to earn second team honors as American's Nino Marcantonio earned CAA Rookie of the Year and All CAA Second Team honors.
VCU defender Emmanuel Tetoit was awarded CAA Defender of the Year. Overall, Old Dominion and Richmond placed five members on the All CAA teams, while VCU placed four, William and Mary three, JMU two and American, ECU and UNCW one a piece.
All CAA Selections
First Team Name Yr. Pos. Hometown/High School Gilberto Bejarano, VCU Jr. MF Santa Cruz, Bolivia/Tahuichi Academy Adin Brown, W&M Sr. GK Pleasant Hill, CA/Del la Salle Ricardo Capilla, VCU Sr. F Mexico City, Mexico/Anahuac del Sur Brent Cesare, UR Sr. MF Duxbury, MD/Duxbury Brian Hinkey, W&M Sr. MF Stow, OH/Western Reserve Academy Kevin Jeffrey, VCU Sr. F Trin City, Trinidad/Yavapai JC Peter Luzak, UR Sr. D Media, PA/Strath Haven Carlos Mendes, ODU So MF Mineola, NY/Wheatley School Jimmy Tanner, ODU Sr. F Syracuse, NY/Christian Brothers Emmanuel Tetiot, VCU Sr. D Rennes, France/Rennes I Craig Ziadie, UR Jr. D Kingston, Jamaica/Hotchkiss
Second Team Name Yr. Pos. Hometown/High School Jesus Baptista, GMU Jr. MF Arlington, VA/Yorktown Chuck Connelly, ODU Sr. GK Rockville, MD/Rockville Keith Donohue, UR Sr. MF Bethesda, MD/Churchill Anders Haugom, ODU Fr. D Gjovik, Norway/Lena VDG Kevin Knott, W&M Jr. D Virginia Beach, VA/Kempsville Jean Kotze, UNCW Sr. MF Cape Town, South Africa/Taipei School Cam Letke, UR So. F Baltimore, MD/Calvert Hall Nino Marcantonio, AU Fr. F Bethesda, MD/Churchill Randy Steeprow, JMU Jr. MF Manassas, VA/Osbourn Park Michael Tooley, ODU Fr. MF Richmond, VA/Godwin Brett Waxer, ECU Sr. D East Meadow, NY/East Meadow Brandon Wright, JMU Jr. F Chattanooga, TN/The Baylor School
CAA Player of the Year: Jimmy Tanner (ODU)
CAA Coach of the Year: Alan Dawson (ODU)
CAA Defender of the Year: Emmanuel Tetiot (VCU)
CAA Rookie of the Year: Nino Marcantonio (AU)