UNCW Press Release
RICHMOND, Virginia – UNCW freshman midfielder Ben Fisher has been named co-winner of the Colonial Athletic Association’s Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Year honor in voting by the league’s head coaches.
Fisher, who also earned a spot on the All-CAA Second-Team, was one of four UNCW student-athletes named to the All-Conference team for 2015-16.
Senior forward Colin Bonner was a repeat selection on the All-CAA First Team and was the Seahawks’ selection to the All-Academic Team. Senior midfielder Jose Garcia and senior defender Michael Mecham received Second-Team All-CAA accolades.
Fisher, UNCW’s second-leading scorer with 17 points, ranked among the CAA leaders with six goals and five assists. He scored twice in a 5-0 triumph over South Carolina and also scored a goal in back-to-back contests at No. 16 Duke and Hofstra. The Chapel Hill, N.C., product is the first UNCW player to be selected CAA Rookie of the Year since Nick Acosta in 2002.
A three-time All-CAA selection, Bonner earned a spot on the All-CAA First-Team for the second straight year after finishing the season as the Seahawks’ leading scorer. The Fulton, Md., native is tied for second in the CAA with seven goals and 20 points while his six assists rank fourth in the CAA. He earned CAA Co-Player of the Week honors on Sept. 7 after posting a hat trick in a 5-1 victory over North Florida.
Bonner, who boasts a 3.80 grade point average in Business Administration, was also the team’s All-Academic honoree. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 First Team honors and was one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
Garcia started 18-of-19 games for the Seahawks as a senior ranked third on the team with four assists. The College Park, Ga., product delivered assists in wins over South Carolina, North Florida, Northeastern and Drexel. He closed out his career by starting 48-of-68 games and tallying nine assists.
One of the Seahawks’ leaders on defense, Mecham started 17 games and anchored a backline that posted five shutouts. A native of Blacksburg, Va., Mecham started 67-of-71 games over four years and had three assists.
The Seahawks reached the CAA quarterfinals and finished the 2015 campaign with an 8-8-3 record.
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