Dec. 9, 2011
Tony Cascio, junior Carlos Alvarez, sophomore Andrew Jean-Baptiste and freshman Andre Blake have all been named NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team. Junior midfielder Stephane Diop was named All-Northeast Second Team.
Tony Cascio (Gilbert, Ariz.) entered the 2011 season as a Preseason All-American, a member of the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List and the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. He finished his final season in Storrs with 18 points on five goals and eight assists. Cascio notched goals in his final two games at Connecticut and finished his career with 73 points based off 24 goals and 25 assists. He was named to the 2011 All-BIG EAST Second Team as a senior.
Carlos Alvarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors as a junior and finished the season with 20 points on a career-high six goals to go with eight assists. Alvarez was sensational in the postseason, notching 10 points on three goals and four assists in seven games. The junior midfielder will enter his senior season ranked seventh all-time at Connecticut with 33 career assists.
Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Brentwood, N.Y.) was named a Soccer America Freshman All-American last season and followed that up with a selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team as a sophomore. He was also crowned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. Baptiste played every minute of every game, anchoring a UConn defense that allowed just 10 goals and recorded a program record 16 shutouts. He finished the year with two goals and an assist for five points.
Andre Blake (May Pen, Jamaica) finished the season with 15 shutouts, including a program record nine straight from September 9 - October 8. Blake and the UConn defense recorded a shutout streak of 961:32. Blake was previously named to the College Soccer News All-Freshman First Team. He finished the season ranked second in the NCAA with a .888 save percentage and a 0.39 goals against average. Blake was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection and the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year as a freshman.
Stephane Diop (Dakar, Senegal) finished his junior season ranked fourth on the team with 17 points on five goals and seven assists. The outside midfielder recorded two game-winning goals on the season including the game winner against Louisville in the BIG EAST Semifinals. Diop was critical to UConn's success in the BIG EAST Tournament, notching goals in three-straight games to send the Huskies to the BIG EAST Championship against St. John's.
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