November 2, 2012
MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR
Stony Brook's Fernandes earns AE honor 3rd time
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Stony Brook senior Leonardo Fernandes has been named the America East midfielder of the year for the third consecutive season.
The North Babylon, N.Y. resident headlined seven Stony Brook men's soccer student-athletes who earned All-America East honors.
Fernandes was also named to the All-America East first team. On the second team are seniors Raphael Abreu (New York, N.Y.), Berian Gobeil Cruz (Montreal, Quebec) and Kyle Schlesinger and junior Marius Krathe (Saltnes, Norway). Freshmen Alejandro Fritz (Budapest, Hungary) and Martin Giordano (Weston, Fla.) were selected to the All-rookie team.
Fernandes is the first player to win three consecutive Midfielder of the Year awards since the honor's inception in 2004. He is only the second America East player to win a major award three years in a row, joining Binghamton's Graham Munro, who was named defender of the year from 2003-05.
Fernandes, who joins Michael Palacio (2004-07) as Stony Brook's only three-time first-team All-America East selections, leads the team in goals (eight), assists (six) and points (22). Among his America East peers, he is second in points, fourth in goals and tied for third in assists, and he leads all midfielders in those categories. A nominee for the Hermann Trophy, Fernandes is two points away from becoming Stony Brook's all-time leader in the category.
Abreu earned second-team honors for the second time in his career (2010) as he posted five goals during the regular season, second only to Fernandes. He has two game-winning goals this season, including two vs. New Hampshire last week on Senior Night.
Gobeil Cruz garnered all-conference honors for the second year in a row. Last season, he was America East dtriker of the year and first-team all-conference. He has four goals and two assists and ranks in the top 10 in Stony Brook history in career goals (24) and points (55).
Schlesinger earned his first conference honors after a strong season in the midfield offensively and defensively. He has four assists this season, two of them on game-winning goals. He has 11 assists in his Stony Brook career, placing him in the top 10 in program history. Schlesinger also was named to the All-Academic team for sporting a 3.35 cumulative Grade-point average as a business major.
Krathe, in his first season after transferring from South Florida, has been solid on the backline. He has been a part of a defense that has allowed the second fewest goals and recorded the second most shutouts in the conference.
Fritz bursted onto the scene by scoring a goal on his first collegiate shot in the season opener and has three goals and five assists. His assists lead all America East rookies.
Giordano has three goals and one assist in his rookie campaign, matching Fritz for the team lead among SB's freshmen.
Stony Brook, under second-year coach Ryan Anatol, is 10-5-1 overall and 4-3-0 in America East this season. The team will begin defense of its America East Championship in a quarterfinal match at home against Binghamton at LaValle Stadium on Saturday. The winner advances to the semifinals at UMBC next Wednesday.