Jan. 8, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - For the second straight year, UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake has been named the New England Soccer News Men's College Player of the Year. He also is among the finalists for the Soccer News Net College Boot, awarded to the national player of the year.
The nominations included athletes playing at colleges within the site's coverage area, as well as athletes from the area playing collegiately elsewhere in the country.
Blake, from May Pen, Jamaica (Clarendon College HS/Harbor View Youth), won Big East Goalkeeper of the Year and NSCAA All-America accolades for the second-straight year, and backstopped the Huskies to the NCAA quarterfinals. In his second season with the Huskies, Blake ranked fifth in the nation in goals-against average (.530) and ninth in save percentage (.850) through the regular season. In league play, Blake posted 30 saves, a 0.88 goals-against average and a .811 save percentage.
Previous winners of the New England Soccer News Men's College Player of the Year were: 2007-- Zack Simmons, UMass; 2008-- Zack Simmons, UMass; 2009-- Andre Akpan, Harvard; 2010--Josh Ford, UConn; 2011--Andre Blake, UConn