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Five Cavaliers Named NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region

CHARLOTTESVILLE - Five members of the Virginia men's soccer team earned 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Atlantic Region honors, the organization announced Thursday (Dec. 10). Greg Monaco and Tony Tchani were first team selections, Will Bates was a second team selection and Ross LaBauex and Diego Restrepo were named to the third team.

Monaco (Virginia Beach, Va.) has started each of the Cavaliers' 23 matches on defense while contributing one goal and one assist. He has anchored a UVa defense that ranks first in the nation in team goals-against average (0.29) and that has posted 16 shutouts on the season. It is the first NSCAA regional honor for the sophomore Monaco.

Tchani (Norfolk, Va.) adds his first team honor to a list of season accolades that includes being a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy. The sophomore has started 21 games for the Cavaliers and ranks second on the team with seven goals and four assists. He was a ACC All-Tournament team member, a second team All-ACC honoree this season and the 2008 ACC Freshman of the Year. It is Tchani's second NSCAA regional honor, as he was also named to the first team in 2008.

Bates (Chester, Va.) leads the Cavaliers with 12 goals and an assist in his freshman season. He was a member of the ACC All-Tournament team, the All-ACC second team and the ACC All-Freshmen team and had a hat trick vs. Bucknell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

LaBauex (Chicago, Ill.) has started all 20 games he has appeared in this season, scoring one goal and tallying one assist. A senior captain, it is LaBauex's first NSCAA regional honor.

Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.) has started 22 of the Cavaliers' 23 games in goal. A junior, Restrepo was named the ACC Tournament's Most Valuable Player after shutting out three-straight opponents en route to the conference crown. Entering Friday's national semifinal vs. Wake Forest, Restrepo has a streak of 1,107 scoreless minutes and 11-consecutive shutouts.

The Cavaliers begin play in the 2009 NCAA College Cup on Friday (Dec. 11) vs. Wake Forest at 5 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

2009 NSCAA
NCAA Division I Men
All-South Atlantic Region

1st Team                   
Pos.    Name            Year    School            Hometown
K    Zac MacMath        So.    Maryland           St. Petersburg, FL
D    Richard Martinez*  Sr.    Hofstra            Highland, NY
D    Greg Monaco        So.    Virginia           Virginia Beach, VA
D    Indy Smith*        Jr.    UNCW               Black Mountain, NC
D    Kevin Tangney      Sr.    Maryland           Newtown, PA
M    Nathaniel Baako*   Jr.    William and Mary   Accra, Ghana
M    Nane Joseph        Sr.    Old Dominion       Yaounde, Cameroon
M    Tony Tchani*       So.    Virginia           Norfolk, VA
F    Jason Herrick      Jr.    Maryland           Elmhurst, IL
F    Andrew Hoxie*      Sr.    William and Mary   Newport News, VA
F    C.J.  Sapong       Jr.    James Madison      Manassas, VA                 
2nd Team                   
Pos.    Name            Year    School            Hometown
K    Brock Duckworth     Jr.    UNCW              Parker, TX
D    David Acosta        Sr.    UNCW              Fayetteville, NC
D    Roger Bothe         Sr.    William and Mary  Chester, VA
D    Jovan Ivanovich     Fr.    Gardner-Webb      London, Ontario
M    Djamel Bekka        Sr.    Coastal Carolina  Tulsa, OK
M    Richard Edgar       Sr.    George Mason      Mechanicsville, MD
M    Stephen Nsereko*    Sr.    Winthrop          Kampala, Uganda
M    Drew Yates          Sr.    Maryland          Severna Park, MD
F    Darren Amoo         So.    Liberty           Accra, Ghana
F    Will Bates          Fr.    Virginia          Chester, VA
F    Liam Maloney*       So.    Towson            Liverpool, England
F    Matt Skonicki       Sr.    Winthrop          St. Petersburg, FL
3rd Team                   
Pos.    Name            Year    School              Hometown
K    Sean Kelley        Sr.     George Mason        Lexington, KY
K    Diego Restrepo     Jr.     Virginia            Miami, FL
D    Myles Jones        Fr.     Radford             Redditch, England
D    Jamal Neptune      Sr.     Hofstra             East Winds, NJ
D    Karl Reddick       Jr.     Boston College      Pottstown, PA
D    Alex Russell       Jr.     Coastal Carolina    South Elgin, IL
M    Fabio Assumpcao    Sr.     Drexel              Sao Paulo, Brazil
M    Ross LaBauex       Sr.     Virginia            Chicago, IL
M    Matt Tuttle        Sr.     High Point          Winston-Salem, NC
M    Rob Youhill        Sr.     Hofstra             Harrogate, England
F    Darren  Christie   Sr.     Delaware            Hunstville, AL
F    Gerrard Hefferon   Sr.     Gardner-Webb        London, England
F    Karo Okiomah       So.     High Point          Austin, TX

Repeat All-Region *   




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