SRU Good News for Nov. 18, 2009
Rock lands six on All-Region soccer team; four on All-PSAC
Six Slippery Rock University men's soccer standouts were named to Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Atlantic Regional honors Tuesday, with the announcement coming on the heels that four players had been named to the All Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference team.
Receiving Daktronics first team honors were: Jeremy Deighton of Broadview Heights, Ohio; Thomas Pool of Bedfordshire, England; and Patrick Conley of Hurricane, W. Va. Receiving Daktronics second team honors were: Greg Blum of Ambridge; Toby Bowser of Beaver; and Lloyd of Buckinghamshire, England.
The All-PSAC team includes Deighton, Blum, Pool and Lloyd.
Deighton, who earlier this season was named to his second consecutive PSAC-Western Division Player of the Year honor, led SRU to the 2009 PSAC Championship and the NCAA Division II Regional final game. The senior forward finished the season with 21 goals and seven assists for 49 points, the fourth-most in SRU history. He finished his career with 112 points, tying him for fourth all-time as well.
Deighton earned first team All-Region honors as forward and was joined by defenders Pool and Conley who anchored a Rock defensive unit this season that allowed just 20 goals in 23 games. They also each scored three goals on the season and each of them successfully converted their penalty kicks in a shootout win over Mercyhurst in the PSAC semifinals.
Blum finished the season with a 17-4-1 overall record and eight individual shutouts. He made a career-high 14 saves in a 3-2 win over Mercyhurst in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Blum finished the year with a goals against average of 0.94 and made 97 saves for a save percentage of .829.
Bowser finished the year with a team-high nine assists and climbed into third all-time at SRU with 28 career assists. He will enter his senior season four assists shy of the school record. Bowser also added two goals to finish the season with 13 points.
Lloyd finished third on the team in scoring in his freshman season with four goals and seven assists. He was named to All-Conference honors and was a finalist for PSAC Rookie of the Year honors.
The Rock matched its highest postseason finish this season and posted a school record 18 wins, finishing with an overall record of 18-4-1.
Deighton, Pool and Conley, by way of their first team honor, will all advance to the All-America ballot.
Slippery Rock had more All-Region selections than any other institution in the region.
The Daktronics All-Region teams are nominated and voted on by the sports information directors at institutions that sponsor men's soccer in the region.
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