Jan. 10, 2014
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STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut forward Cyle Larin was named TopDrawerSoccer.com's Freshman of the Year as announced by the website last month. Larin also joins 10 outstanding freshmen on the All-Freshman First Team.
The Brampton, Ontario native completed his impressive rookie campaign with a team-high 31 points on 14 goals. Larin's 14 scores were the top mark in The American and ranked sixth nationally. He finished 17th in the country with a 0.61 goals per game average. Earlier this season, he was named the conference Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on both the All-Conference First Team and the NSCAA All-Northeast Second Team.
"We are very proud of Cyle's award," UConn men's soccer head coach Ray Reid said. "He is very deserving and he is a super young man. We are looking forward to working with him on his continued development as a striker."
Larin helped lead the Huskies to a season-best 17-match unbeaten streak that stretched from Sept. 21 through Dec. 6., tallying five game-winning scores. During the Huskies' NCAA Tournament run, he netted three scores in four matches, including two goals in the Third Round against No. 1 UCLA.
In addition to Larin's accolade, American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake was tabbed to the TopDrawerSoccer.com First Team after finishing the 2013 season with a 10-3-8 record and a stellar 0.75 goals against average. The junior captain started in 21 games for Reid, allowing just 17 goals and making 39 saves.