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Vendegh Repeats as CAA Player of the Year

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
         
Release: November 14, 2002
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Nov. 14, 2002

Old Dominion University junior forward Attila Vendegh (Bratislava, Slovakia) was selected as the 2002 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Soccer Player of the Year in voting by the league's head coaches, becoming the first player to win the award in back-to-back seasons since 1985. Vendegh and Trevor McEachron (Woodbridge, VA) represent the Monarchs on the All-CAA first team.

Vendegh leads the CAA with 15 goals and 36 points this season, ranking among the top 20 players in the nation in both categories. He has either scored or assisted on 21 of the Monarchs' 32 goals. Vendegh also earned CAA Player of the Year accolades in 2001 after registering 15 goals and 36 points and was the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2000 after tallying 15 goals and 33 points. A three-time first-team All-CAA selection, Vendegh already holds the ODU career record for goals (45) and points (105). American University's Michael Brady is the only other two-time CAA Player of the Year, having won the award in 1984 and 1985.

Top honors also went to Virginia Commonwealth University sophomore back Gonzalo Segares as the CAA Defender of the Year, UNC Wilmington freshman midfielder Nick Acosta and George Mason University freshman back Damian O'Rourke as CAA Co-Rookies of the Year and Virginia Commonwealth University head coach Tim O'Sullivan as CAA Coach of the Year.

McEachron earned first team honors this season after making the second team last season as a freshman. He netted the first goal of his career to defeat Ga. State in ODU Stihl Soccer Classic. He started started 17 as a defender this year, helping the Monarchs to hold opponents to one goal or less on seven occasions.

2002 All-CAA Men's Soccer Team
(Selected by CAA Men's Soccer Coaches)

First Team

Player, School Cl. Pos. Hometown/High School Attila Vendegh, Old Dominion* Jr. F Bratislava, Slovakia Machel Millwood, Towson Sr. F College Park, Md./Parkdale Carlos Garcia, William & Mary* Sr. F Cali, Columbia/Colegio Bolivar Ralph Bean, William & Mary Sr. MF Devonshire, Bermuda/Warwick Academy Carlos Garay, Virginia Commonwealth Sr. MF Woodbridge, Va./Gar-Field Randy Ugarte, Virginia Commonwealth* Jr. MF San Jose, Costa Rica/Instituto Tecnologico Arni Gunnarsson, Hofstra Jr. MF Kopavogur, Iceland/Menntaskolinn I Kopavogur Gonzalo Segares, Virginia Commonwealth So. D San Jose, Costa Rica/Anglo American Phillip Hucles, William & Mary# Jr. D Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy Trevor McEachron, Old Dominion# So. D Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge John O'Hara, George Mason# So. GK Foxford, Ireland/St. Jarlaths

Second Team

Player, School Cl. Pos. Hometown/High School Matthew Delicate, Virginia Commonwealth# Jr. F Wales, U.K./Emlyn Comprehensive School Jochen Strobel, Hofstra So. F Nuremberg, Germany/University Erlangen-Nuremberg Steve Alabi, George Mason Fr. F Rotterham, England/Old Hall Patrice Filin, James Madison Sr. F Paris, France/Camille See Pete Pittaoulis, Drexel Sr. F Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic Ben Munro, James Madison# Sr. MF Liverpool, England/Prince Rupert Randy Tolson, Towson Sr. MF Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall Nick Acosta, UNC Wilmington Fr. MF Hubert, N.C./Swansboro Graham Albert, William & Mary Jr. MF Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown Cristian Neagu, Virginia Commonwealth Jr. D Ploiesti, Romania/Liceul Industrial Milorad Djordjevic, Virginia Commonwealth* Sr. D Belgrade, Yugoslavia/First Economic Damian O'Rourke, George Mason Fr. D Shannon, Ireland/St. Patricks Josh Kovolenko, James Madison* Sr. GK Fairfax, Va./Oakton

2002 CAA Player of the Year: Attila Vendegh, Old Dominion 2002 CAA Defender of the Year: Gonzalo Segares, Virginia Commonwealth 2002 CAA Co-Rookies of the Year: Nick Acosta, UNC Wilmington; Damian O'Rourke, George Mason 2002 CAA Coach of the Year: Tim O'Sullivan, Virginia Commonwealth

* - All-CAA First Team in 2001 # - All-CAA Second Team in 2001

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