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VanCompernolle and Heaney take home top honors

UNCW Press Release


WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior defender Jacob VanCompernolle and Head Coach Aidan Heaney were named Defensive Player-of-the-Year and Coach-of-the-Year, respectively, as UNCW earned six All-Colonial Athletic Association honors on Wednesday.

Joining VanCompernolle, who earned first-team All-CAA honors for the second straight season, on the first-team were junior forward Colin Bonner and senior midfielder Jamie Dell. Senior David Sizemore was named to the second team and senior defender Mark Harris to the third team. Freshman defender Brayden Smith earned All-Rookie honors.

“This is a great recognition for the players and their performances this season,” said UNCW Head Coach Aidan Heaney. “They've performed at the very highest levels and that's proven by our results. This is a special group of players and I'm delighted that our league's coaches also recognized that.”

VanCompernolle, who was also named to the All-Academic squad, became UNCW's second Defensive Player-of-the-Year, joining former UNCW All-America honoree Indy Smith in 2008. The Seahawks finished the regular season with the lowest goals against average in the league at 0.78 and allowed a league-low 3.2 shots on goal per game. VanCompernolle started all 17 games for the Seahawks and added two goals and four assists for a career-high eight points.

“Jacob very much deserves this honor. He's been a leader on our team from the first day he set foot on campus and his consistency continues to amaze me. I look for him to continue his excellent play as we continue our season.”

Heaney, who is in his 14th season as head coach at UNCW, earned his fourth CAA Coach-of-the-Year designation after guiding the team to a share of the regular season crown and a record of 12-3-2. The Seahawks went unbeaten, 7-0-1, on the road this season, tying UCLA and Charlotte for most road wins with seven. UNCW is tied for sixth nationally in winning percentage at .765. For the Seahawks, it was their third regular season title in the program's history, last winning regular season titles in 2008 and 2009.

“This is a great honor to be awarded this out of a very strong group of coaches. I'd like to make a special mention of my staff of Zach Haines and Daniel Roberts, who have been tireless workers and I think we form a very good team. I share this with them. Without question, our players deserve special thanks for making our job easier with their commitment, dedication and effort levels this season. They're a joy to coach.”

Bonner, who was a second-team All-CAA selection as a sophomore, scored four goals and assisted on three other Seahawk scores. Bonner notched a pair of game-winning goals against UNCG and Campbell and had a two assists against Drexel in the regular season finale. Bonner, along with VanCompernolle, was also named Capital One Academic All-District earlier this month.

Dell exploded this season for a career-high 10 goals and leads the Seahawks with 22 points. Six of his goals this season were game-winners and rank him third nationally. The Chapel, Hill, N.C., product scored two goals in a game on three different occasions, including UNCW's 4-3 win over nationally-ranked UNC Chapel Hill.

Sizemore started all 17 games at midfield and finished the regular season with a goal and three assists. His goal came against UNCG and he added assists against Ohio State, William & Mary and Elon. Harris earned All-CAA honors for the first time after helping lead the league's top defense. Smith, meanwhile, earned CAA Rookie-of-the-Week honors twice and finished the season with a goal and a pair of assists. His goal against Hofstra was the difference-maker in UNCW's 2-0 win over the Pride.

Delaware's Guillermo Delgado was named CAA Player-of-the-Year while Northeastern newcomer Frantzdy Pierrot was the league's Rookie-of-the-Year.

UNCW, Delaware and Elon each had five players named All-CAA.

The Seahawks open the CAA semifinals on Friday with a 4 p.m. kickoff against sixth-seeded James Madison in Newark, Del. All games for this weekend's conference championship tournament will be streamed by CAA.tv. Links to the Seahawk games can be found on the team's schedule page at UNCWsports.com.

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