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Men's Soccer Garners Four Conference Honors

Nov. 8, 2006

San Bruno, CA- Four Saint Mary's men's soccer players earned West Coast Conference honors as announced by the conference office Wednesday morning. Senior Matthew Fitzgerald (Castro Valley, CA) was named to the first-team while freshman Dylan Leslie (Lancaster, CA) was named to the second-team. Senior defenders Alex Christlieb (Ashland, OR) and Desmond Brooks (Fresno, CA) were tabbed WCC honorable mention.

For Fitzgerald it marks the fourth consecutive year that the conference has recognized him. In three of the four years, Fitzgerald was tabbed a first-teamer. The senior midfielder finished the season with a team-high 11 points on four goals and three assists. Fitzgerald ranks third all-time in assists with 17 and fifth in points with 41 and seventh in goals with 12. The Castro Valley native played in 77 career games which ranks 4th all-time at SMC.

Leslie put together a stellar freshman campaign.


Leslie had no problems adjusting to the college game straight out of Paraclete High School. In addition to being named to the second-team, Leslie also garnered all-freshman status. Leslie finished the season with eight points on four goals which tied for the team lead. The newcomer made a name for himself against No. 10 San Diego. The Lancaster native tallied a hat-trick against the Toreros and for his efforts was then named WCC Player of the Week.

Christlieb garnered his second straight WCC accolade.


Christlieb was named All-WCC honorable mention for the second consecutive year. The senior captain finished the season with six points on two goals and two assists. No goal was bigger for Christlieb than the game-winner against No. 11 San Francisco. After the win, Christlieb was named WCC Player of the Week, and to the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Teams of the Week. The Ashland OR native finished his career with 76 career games played which ranks fifth all-time. Christlieb was also named to ESPN The Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Team.

Brooks earned his first career WCC honor.


Brooks earns his first conference honor after a stellar career in the defensive end for the Gaels. Brooks helped the Gaels post two key shutouts against No. 11 San Francisco and No. 17 Santa Clara. The two shutouts mark the first time in school history that the Gaels had blanked two ranked opponents in the same season. In is career, the Fresno native appeared in 70 games from the backfield.

Player of the Year: Rob Valentino, San FranciscoCo-Freshmen of the Year: Stephen McCarthy, Santa Clara & Ciaran O'Brien, San DiegoDefensive Player of the Year: Luis Robles, PortlandCoach of the Year: Cameron Rast, Santa Clara

First TeamNick Blanco, LMU - JR - F - Littleton, COBobby Burling, LMU - SR - F/D - Monument, COMichael Caso, USD - SR - F - Newhall, CAKeith DeVey, SCU - SR - M/F - Kula, HI Matthew Fitzgerald, SMC - SR - F - Castro Valley, CARyan Guy, USD - SR - F - Carlsbad, CAGeorge Josten, GON - JR - F - Idaho Falls, IDKevin Meissner, USD - SR - M - San Diego, CALuis Robles, POR - SR - GK - Sierra Vista, AZChris Sanders, POR - JR - F - Federal Way, WARob Valentino, USF - JR - D - Cave Creek, AZ

Second TeamDiego Barrera, LMU - JR - F/M - Thousand Oaks, CAAlex Elliott, POR - SO - F - Vancouver, B.C. Dylan Leslie, SMC - FR - M - Lancaster, CAKevin Long, USF - SR - D - Irvine, CAPeter Lowry, SCU - JR - F/M - Fair Oaks, CACiaran O'Brien, USD - FR - M - Tacoma, WAJohn Palladino, GON - JR - M - Spokane, WAChris Rodd, USF - JR - D - Danville, CAGeremy Uhl, USF - SR - GK - Cypress, CAErik Ustruck, SCU - SR - M - St. Louis, MOAustin Washington, GON - JR - D - Spokane, WA

Honorable MentionDesmond Brooks, SMC; Joseph Buttitta, SCU; Aaron Chandler, USF; Alex Christlieb, SMC; Matt Dallman, POR; Jawaan Delaney, LMU; Tim Grey, USD; Matt Hatzke, SCU; Amaechi Igwe, SCU; Brian Martin, SCU; Stephen McCarthy, SCU; Jide Ogunbiyi, SCU; Sam Reeder, USD; John Reha, GON; Jamil Roberts, SCU; Ben Sawyer, GON; Collen Warner, POR; Junior Ybarra, LMU

All-Freshman TeamConor Chinn, USF - F - San Diego, CAJeff Cosgriff, SCU - M - San Bruno, CALogan Emory, POR - D - Boise, IDTim Grey, USD - D - Port Orchard, WAAmaechi Igwe, SCU - F - Belmont, CA
Dylan Leslie, SMC - M - Lancaster, CAStephen McCarthy, SCU - M - Colleyville, TXCiaran O'Brien, USD - M - Tacoma, WATye Perdido, GON - F - Kula, HIRyan Peterman, USD - D - Rancho Cucamonga, CACollen Warner, POR - M - Denver, CO