UNCW men's soccer picked to finish second in the CAA

UNCW men's soccer picked to finish second in the CAA

UNCW Press Release

RICHMOND, Virginia – Senior forward Colin Bonner (Reservoir H.S./Fulton, Md.) and junior goalkeeper Sean Melvin (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) of the UNCW men's soccer team have been named as selections on the 2015 Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association Team according to a vote of the league's head coaches.

In addition, sophomore defender Brayden Smith (West Forsyth H.S./Clemmons, N.C.) earned honorable mention distinction on the Preseason All-CAA Team.

A starter in all 20 matches last year, Bonner was the Seahawks' second-leading scorer after tallying four goals with four assists. He earned first team All-CAA notice as a junior and was named to the NSCAA All-Midwest Region second team. In three seasons with the Seahawks, Bonner has scored 16 goals with 9 assists while starting 53 of 56 contests.

Meanwhile, Melvin earned Preseason All-CAA accolades after a solid sophomore season. He started 14 contests and posted a 0.95 goals against average after allowing just 14 goals in 1,332 minutes. In addition, he was tied for fifth in the CAA after posting five shutouts. In two years at UNCW, he has recorded seven shutouts with a 1.30 goals against average.

Smith started 14 of 16 contests last year for the Seahawks and earned a spot on the CAA All-Rookie Team. He tallied the first goal of his college career in the Seahawks' 2-0 victory over Hofstra and also contributed an assists in wins over South Carolina and Duke.

After finishing in a tie for the CAA regular season title last year, the Seahawks were picked to finish second in the conference standings in a vote of the league's head coaches. Delaware, which reached the CAA Championship and also claimed a piece of the regular season crown a year ago, was selected as the preseason favorite to win the championship.

The Seahawks will open their exhibition season on Saturday, August 15 by hosting Coastal Carolina at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Tickets are available by calling the UNCW Ticket Office at 800-808-UNCW or by visiting the Tickets page at UNCWSports.com.

2015 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Soccer Predicted Order of Finish

1. Delaware – 60 points (5 first place votes)

2. UNCW – 50 points (2 first place votes)

3. Hofstra – 44 points

4. James Madison – 41 points (2 first place votes)

T-5. Elon – 39 points

T-5. Northeastern – 39 points

T-7. Drexel – 21 points

T-7. William & Mary – 21 points

9. College of Charleston – 9 points

2015 Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association Men's Soccer Team

Player, School                             Pos.     Cl.     Hometown

Colin Bonner, UNCW                   F          Sr.     Fulton, Md.

Guillermo Delgado, Delaware        F          Jr.      Tres Cantos, Spain

Frantzdy Pierrot, Northeastern       F          So.    Port-au-Prince, Haiti

James Brace, Elon                       MF       Sr.     Hartlepool, England

Joe Dipre, Delaware                     MF       Sr.     Betchworth, England

Joseph Holland, Hofstra               MF       Jr.      London, England

Miguel Salazar, Elon                     MF       Sr.     Guanajuato, Mexico

Bjarki Aðalsteinsson, JMU             D          Sr.     Kopavogur, Iceland

Nathan Diehl, Elon                        D          Jr.      Birmingham, Ala.

Harri Hawkins, Hofstra                  D          Sr.     Cambridge, England

Sean Melvin, UNCW                     GK       Jr.     Victoria, British Columbia

Kyle Morton, James Madison        GK       Jr.      West Chester, Pa.

2015 CAA PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Guillermo Delgado, Delaware

Honorable Mention (multiple votes): Jackson Eskay, F/MF, William & Mary; William Eskay, F/MF, William & Mary; Daniel Grundei, D, Hofstra; Nico Rittmeyer, F, College of Charleston; Brayden Smith, D, UNCW

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