NEW HAVEN, Conn. (November 3, 2014) -- Concordia College men's soccer standout Ovan Oakley on Monday was named the 2014 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Soccer Player of the Year, as announced by Commissioner Dan Mara. The announcement of Oakley as the league's top player highlighted a list of several men's soccer honorees who garnered all-conference accolades from the CACC.
Joining Oakley as major award winners on the day were Philadelphia University's Angelo Dambalas (2014 CACC Defensive Player of the Year), Goldey-Beacom College's Fernando Sanchez (2014 CACC Rookie of the Year), and Concordia's Sean Kenny (2014 CACC Coach of the Year).
The announcement of Dambalas' Defender of the Year award marked the first time in conference history the CACC bestowed the honor on a student-athlete in the sport. It is a new initiative the CACC is undertaking with men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, and women's lacrosse in 2014-15.
Oakley was selected as the league's player of the year after putting together a fantastic regular season in which he ranked second in goals (15), points (34), and shots (61). He was a lethal 4-for-4 in penalty kick attempts, which bested the league, while his three game-winning markers were the third highest mark in the CACC.
He had multiple goals in four contests this season, including a season-high four in a 7-0 triumph at Nyack on Sept. 11. Oakley also dished out an assist in the contest for a nine-point affair. He also booted home three strikes to record the hat trick in a 4-1 victory against Bloomfield on Sept. 30.
In addition to being named the CACC Player of the Year, Oakley also was placed on the All-CACC First-Team, marking the first time in his career he garnered all-conference recognition.
Dambalas was named the league's top defensive player, while also picking up a spot on the CACC's top team. It marked the second time in as many seasons he was named to the All-CACC First-Team, as he also did so in 2013.
Dambalas helped lead a defensive unit for Philadelphia U. in 2014, which posted five shutouts and a 0.97 team goals against average. The strong defensive play, coupled with spectacular offensive scoring enabled the Rams to claim a share of the CACC regular season championship.
He started all 18 matches during the regular season, and even chipped in offensively by scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 regular season finale win over Wilmington University.
Sanchez was tabbed as the top rookie in the CACC following his impressive collegiate debut during the regular season in which he scored seven goals and assisted on five others for 19 points. His goals were the 11th highest total in the CACC, while his helpers ranked among the top-10 in ninth place. The 19 points also ranked among the top-10 in 10th.
Sanchez opened the season by scoring once in each of the first two matches, and then capped the regular season by scoring in three straight. He struck home the game-winner in a 2-1 triumph at Nyack on Sept. 27.
Those three student-athletes were joined by several others who were placed on their respective all-conference teams on Monday.
Joining Oakley and Dambalas on the first-team were Caldwell University's Michael Hartmann (goalkeeper); Goldey-Beacom's Luiz Ristow (forward); Chestnut Hill College's Juan Amaya (forward); Philadelphia U.'s Victor Chagonda (midfield); Concordia's Javier Alvarez Vispo (midfield); Chestnut Hill's Nicholas Jaffe (midfield); Dominican College's Mark Grant (midfield); Wilmington University's Adrian Tash (defender); Concordia's Jesus Alvarez-Riesco (defender); and Wilmington's Joe Woodley (defender).
Eleven (11) student-athletes were slotted on the All-CACC Second-Team for their outstanding individual performances throughout the 2014 regular season.
Making the All-CACC Second-Team were Concordia's Ruel Gordon (goalkeeper); Georgian Court University's Michael Clarke (forward); Philadelphia U.'s Ishmaiah Calwrie (forward); WilmU's Samuel Naiwo (forward); Dominican's Lukas Nordin (midfield); Wilmington's Lance Berry (midfield); Georgian Court's Ben Vergara (midfield); Dominican's Fernando Gonzalez (defender); PhilaU's Chris Kulczytzky (defender); Dominican's Panagiotis Kanganis (defender); and Nyack College's Mathias Wenger (defender).
Kenny was selected as the league's coach of the year after leading Concordia to a national top-25 ranking at one point during the regular season, and helping the Clippers post a 9-2-3 overall record and an 8-2-2 mark in league play.
The final award the CACC announced on Monday was the 2014 Team Sportsmanship Award, which went to Nyack College for its demonstration of true sportsmanship that reflects the NCAA Division II model.
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician College, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University, Unversity of the Sciences and Wilmington University.