Dec. 10, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Four Loyola University Maryland men’s soccer players were named to the 2012 NCAA Division I All-North Atlantic Region teams, as announced by the National Soccer Coaches of America Association. Senior Gerwyn Jones was tabbed a first-team honoree, while sophomore Connor Thompson and freshman Larry Ndjock were on the second team and junior Stephen Dooley was a member of the third team.
Jones is making his third-straight appearance on the all-region team as he was included on the second-team as a sophomore and junior. The Caernarfon, Wales native was also named a first-team All-MAAC selection this year, becoming the seventh Greyhound – and fourth back – under head coach Mark Mettrick to earn three-straight first-team honors. A two-time Preseason All-MAAC selection and team captain, Jones anchored a backline that recorded a MAAC-best eight shutouts in 2012. Throughout his career, he started and played in 67 games, scored four goals – including two game winners – and added one assist.
Thompson, a MAAC All-Rookie Team selection a year ago, made his first appearance on the All-MAAC First Team and was one of three freshmen or sophomores on the 10-person first team. The MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on October 29 finished the year fourth in the MAAC, and second on the team, with 20 points on seven goals and six assists. Throughout his first two seasons, the Swindon, England native has played in 38 games, starting 36, and scored nine goals and assisted eight others for 26 points.
Ndjock, the MAAC Rookie of the Year and College Soccer News All-Freshman Second Team selection, finished his inaugural campaign with 13 goals and 29 points, the most for an individual Greyhound since Phil Bannister had 13 goals and 33 points in 2007. He was the lone freshman on the All-MAAC First Team and also earned MAAC All-Rookie Team honors to become the first player from Loyola to earn all three accolades in the same season since Omar Alfonso in 2003. Hailing from Berlin, Germany, Ndjock was the No. 2 ranked freshman in the NCAA in goals and points, ranking tied for 14th and 22nd overall, respectively.
Dooley, a Preseason All-MAAC Team selection, missed the first seven games of the season due to injury, but returned to score two goals on his first two shots of the season, leading the Greyhounds to a 4-2 win over James Madison – a squad that had previously knocked off No. 1 North Carolina. A forward from Portstewart, Northern Ireland, Dooley finished the season ranked fifth in the MAAC with 1.21 points per game on six goals and five assists. Throughout his career, he has played in 48 games, starting 46, and has scored 12 goals and has 16 assists for 40 points.