Alvarez, Blake and Diouf Named College Soccer News All-Americans

Mamadou Diouf is a Second Team All-American
Mamadou Diouf is a Second Team All-American UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM

Dec. 11, 2012

STORRS, Conn. - The awards continue to roll in for UConn stars Carlos Alvarez, Mamadou Doudou Diouf and Andre Blake as the three were named College Soccer News All-Americans this week. Alvarez was voted CSN First Team while Diouf was tabbed a Second Team All-American. Andre Blake was named to the CSN Third Team All-America list.

Blake was a College Soccer News Second Team All-American as a freshman while Alvarez earned a spot on the CSN Third Team following his junior year in 2011.

All three players were previously named NSCAA All-Americans last week. Blake was tabbed NSCAA First Team All-America while Alvarez and Diouf were placed on the All-America Second Team.

Blake, Alvarez and Diouf (Dakar, Senegal) are the 48th All-America selections in UConn history and the 24th selections under Head Coach Ray Reid. Blake and Alvarez are the fourth and fifth to earn multiple All-America honors, and the first since Julius James in 2006 and 2007.

Blake is UConn's 16th First-Team selection and the 14th player overall to earn the honor, with Chris Gbandi (2000, 2001) and Julius James (2006, 2007) the only players to be named First Team All-American multiple years.

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.

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).



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.

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.

2012 College Soccer News All-America First Team

Eriq Zavaleta - Sophomore - Forward - Indiana
Steve Neumann - Junior - Forward - Georgetown
Ryan Finley - Senior - Forward - Notre Dame
Patrick Mullins - Junior - Forward - Maryland
Carlos Alvarez - Sr. - Midfielder - Connecticut
Scott Caldwell - Senior - Midfielder - Akron
Jose Gomez -  Senior - Midfielder - Creighton
Andrew Farrell - Junior - Defender - Louisville
Walker Zimmerman - Soph. - Defender - Furman
Dylan Remick - Senior - Defender - Brown
David Meves - Senior - Goalkeeper - Akron
2012 All-America Second Team
Mamadou Diouf - Junior - Forward - Connecticut
Chris Thomas - Senior - Forward - Elon
Daniel Haber - Junior - Forward - Cornell
Devon Sandoval - Senior - Forward - New Mexico
Ryan Hollingshead - Senior - Midfielder - UCLA
John Stertzer - Senior - Midfielder - Maryland
Dillon Powers - Senior - Midfielder - Notre Dame
Chad Barson - Senior - Defender - Akron
Boyd Okwuonu - Soph. - Defender - North Carolina
Andrew Ribeiro - Senior - Defender - Creighton
Scott Goodwin - Sr. - Goalkeeper - North Carolina
2012 All-America Third Team
Don Anding - Senior - Senior - Forward - Northeastern
Gyasi Zardes - Junior - Forward - CSU Bakersfield
Ashton Bennett - Senior - Forward - Coastal Carolina
Leonardo Fernandes - Senior - Midfielder - Stony Brook
Mikey Lopez - Sophomore - Midfielder - North Carolina
Ian Christianson - Senior - Midfielder -  Georgetown
Nick Hagglund - Junior - Defender - Xavier
Sebastian Ibeagha - Junior - Defender - Duke
Shaun Foster - Junior - Defender - Hofstra
Kyle Venter - Junior - Defender - New Mexico
Andre Blake - Sophomore - Goalkeeper - Connecticut