Dec. 7, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - UConn senior midfielder Carlos Alvarez and sophomore goalkeeper Andre Blake have been selected for the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season. Junior forward Mamadou Doudou Diouf was named to the TDS Third Team. Alvarez and Blake are also semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, presented to the nation's top player.
The 2012 awards period has begun and the Huskies look to tally several major honors in the next month after advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second straight season.
The TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season consisted of one goalkeeper, two defenders, five midfielders and three forwards. The BIG EAST had four of the 11 selections as Louisville's Andre Farrell and Notre Dame forward Ryan Finley also earned the distinction. Creighton midfielder Jose Gomez was named Player of the Season. Georgetown forward Brandon Allen was named Freshman of the Year.
Alvarez was tabbed 2012 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team in his final year in Storrs. Alvarez led UConn to the 2009 and 2012 BIG EAST Regular Season Championship and finished his career third all-time at Connecticut with 42 assists. His 82 points placed him No. 14 all-time. As a senior, Alvarez notched seven goals and nine assists for 23 points. A two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection, Alvarez was named 2009 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. As a junior, he was tabbed an NSCAA Second Team All-American.
Blake led UConn to a 17-4-1 record based on a 0.54 goals against average and a .840 save percentage. On the year, he recorded 11 shutouts, giving him 26 in 47 career games. The reining two-time BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year, Blake has earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team in back-to-back seasons. His 0.54 goals against average ranked third in the nation. As a freshman, Blake was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American.
In two years at UConn, Blake sits eighth all-time in wins (36), third in consecutive starts (47), second in lowest goals against average (0.46) and seventh in shutouts (26).
Diouf earned a spot on the TDS Third Team after ranking second in the BIG EAST Conference and sixth in the NCAA with 15 goals scored. Diouf added two assists for 32 points. A 2012 All-BIG EAST First Team selection, he was previously named 2012 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Diouf was a member of the 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team and was selected to the 2010 All-BIG EAST Rookie Team.
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