YORK, Pa. - The final four teams in the 2012 CAC men’s
soccer playoffs - York, Mary Washington, Frostburg State and
Salisbury - each placed three players on the conference’s top
all-star team. But it was FSU’s senior forward Ryan Russell
who took home the top trophy as the CAC Player of the Year for the
Russell, a two-time first-team all-star, is the third player in CAC history to win the Men’s Soccer Player of the Year award twice, joining former standouts Tony Trepal of Mary Washington (1991-92) and Jon Ports of York (2007-08).
York, which won its fourth-straight CAC playoff title, had four second-team all-stars this year to lead the conference with seven total post-season awards. The leaders for the Spartans were senior forward Antonio Bua, senior midfielder Justin Facer and junior defender Aaron Beale - all first-team all-stars - as well as second-team defender Matty Martinez, who was named the 2012 CAC Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Year.
Also earning second-team all-star recognition for the Spartans were junior forward Austin Johnson, junior defender Matt Yackel and senior goalie Jesse Derksen.
Martinez is YCP’s sixth player to be named the conference’s top rookie in the last 11 years He follows in the footsteps of Yackel, who was the Rookie of the Year in 2010. Bua picked up his third All-CAC award while Beale and Derksen were first-team all-stars in previous seasons.
Mary Washington, which played its way into the CAC title match from the fifth seed in the tournament bracket, placed junior midfielder Jake Doyle, junior defender David Heller and sophomore keeper Tyler Back on the first-team all-star squad. Second-team honors were awarded to senior forward Matt Poole, freshman forward Patrick Kelly and junior midfielder Tommy Sangbuoasy. Heller, a second-team all-star in 2011, is the only returnee on the All-CAC team.
Jason Kilby, the second-year leader of the Eagles, was selected by his peers as the 2012 CAC Coach of the Year. He joins eight-time winner Roy Gordon as the only UMW coaches to win the award.
Salisbury, a CAC finalist in each of the past two years and the top seed in this year’s championship tournament, earned first-team All-CAC nods for sophomore forward Matt Green, senior midfielder Pat Callahan and junior defender Chase Humphrey. Senior midfielder Jimmy Mundy and junior defender Larry Cornish also gained second-team recognition for the Sea Gulls. Mundy is a three-time conference all-star while Humphrey and Cornish are repeat selections from the 2011 All-CAC squad.
Bobcats joining Ryan on the All-CAC first team in 2012 are senior midfielder Shawn Baker, who is making his second-straight appearance on the all-star team, and junior defender Chris Jones.
Wesley and St. Mary’s both earned two all-star nods this season.
The Wolverines’ senior forward Joshua Chelleh repeated as a first-team All-CAC choice by the coaches and was joined on the post-season roster by second-team senior defender Pat Slinka - a first-time all-star.
SMC picked up a pair of second-team All-CAC awards by senior forward Frank VanGessel and senior midfielder Ryan Plaisance. Both Seahawks are making their first appearance on the All-CAC Men’s Soccer team.
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2012 All-CAC Men’s Soccer Team
First Team Yr. Pos. Team Hometown/High School Previous All-CAC Honors
Antonio Bua Sr. For York Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg 1st in ‘11, 2nd in ‘10
Joshua Chelleh Sr. For Wesley Columbia, Md./Long Reach 1st in ‘11
Matt Green So. For Salisbury Rockville, Md./Magruder
Ryan Russell Sr. For Frostburg State Waldorf, Md./College of So. Md. 1st & POY in ‘11
Shawn Baker Sr. Mid Frostburg State Jefferson, Md./Brunswick 2nd in ‘11
Pat Callahan Sr. Mid Salisbury Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Hgts.
Jake Doyle Jr. Mid Mary Washington Stafford, Va./Mountain View
Justin Facer Sr. Mid York Prospect Hgts., Ill./North Allegheny
Aaron Beale Jr. Def York Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley 1st in ‘11
David Heller Jr. Def Mary Washington Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon 2nd in ‘11
Chase Humphrey Jr. Def Salisbury Ocean City, Md./Worcester Prep 2nd in ‘11
Chris Jones Jr. Def Frostburg State California, Md./Leonardtown
Tyler Back So. GK Mary Washington Falls Church, Va./George Mason
Second Team Yr. Pos. Team Hometown/High School Previous All-CAC Honors
Austin Johnson Jr. For York Avalon, N.J./Middle Township
Patrick Kelly Fr. For Mary Washington Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown
Matt Poole Sr. For Mary Washington Neshanic Station, N.J./Somerville
Frank VanGessel Sr. For St. Mary’s Delmar, Del./Delmar
Jimmy Mundy Sr. Mid Salisbury Ellicott City, Md./Centennial 1st in ‘11, 1st in ‘10
Ryan Plaisance Sr. Mid St. Mary’s Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg
Tommy Sangbuoasy Jr. Mid Mary Washington Manassas, Va./Osbourn
Larry Cornish Jr. Def Salisbury Salisbury, Md./Parkside 1st in ‘11
Matty Martinez Fr. Def York Cheltenham, Pa./Archbishop Ryan
Pat Slinka Sr. Def Wesley Sicklerville, N.J./St. Joseph’s Prep
Matt Yackel Jr. Def York Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay ROY in ‘10
Jesse Derksen Sr. GK York York, Pa./Susquehannock 1st in ‘10
2012 CAC Player of the Year: Ryan Russell, Frostburg State (second-straight year)
2012 CAC Rookie of the Year: Matty Martinez, York
2012 CAC Coach of the Year: Jason Kilby, Mary Washington