SIX RAMS EARN ALL-CAA MEN’S SOCCER ACCOLADES
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Six Virginia Commonwealth University men's soccer players received All-Colonial Athletic Association honors Thursday night at the conference's annual postseason awards banquet.
VCU joined top-seed William & Mary as the only two schools to have multiple first-team selections with seniors C.J. Gehin-Scott (pictured, right) and Lucas Paulini (pictured, left) garnering recognition. Senior Thomas Hupper, classmate Jake Van Yahres and freshman Jason Johnson were each named to the All-CAA third team, while Johnson and fellow freshman Romena Bowie received All-Rookie honors.
Gehin-Scott had his best season as a Ram leading the team and ranking sixth in the CAA with 18 points (career-high eight goals and two assists), including four game-winning goals. Paulini, meanwhile, helped solidify the VCU midfield and quickly gained respect from opposing coaches after spending just one season in the CAA.
Hupper helped make VCU's back line one of the best in the conference. Along with posting eight shutouts, the Rams allowed a league-low 13 goals, including a CAA-best 0.66 goals against average.
Van Yahres was a consistent force up front and finished his final season at VCU with four goals and a team-high five assists, while Johnson provided a spark off the bench with four goals and three assists in his first collegiate season. It didn't take Bowie long to make an impression in the midfield either as he saw action in 16 games with 12 starts.
James Madison senior CJ Sapong was named CAA Player of the Year, while Hofstra freshman Shaun Foster was awarded both CAA Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year. William & Mary's Chris Norris was voted as the CAA Coach of the Year.
VCU, which earned the No. 2 seed in Friday's CAA Tournament, will face No. 3 Hofstra at 5 p.m. at William & Mary's Albert-Daly Field. The championship match is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.