Dec. 27, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - UConn men's soccer stars Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Brentwood, N.Y.) and Andre Blake (May Pen, Jamaica) have earned national honors from Soccer America. Jean-Baptiste was named a Second-Team MVP while Blake was named All-Freshman First Team.
Andrew Jean-Baptiste earned Soccer America Second-Team MVP Honors after 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 while playing every minute of every game at center back for Connecticut. Last season, Jean-Baptiste was named a Soccer America Freshman All-American 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 this season and later went on to earn a spot on the NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team.
Blake, an NSCAA Third Team All-American, 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. He 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. He was named to the NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team following the season.
MVPs First Team
GK Brian Holt (Creighton), Jr.
F Dom Dwyer (USF), Jr.
F Ethan Finlay (Creighton), Sr.
D Matt Hedges (North Carolina), Sr.
F Chandler Hoffman (UCLA), Jr.
F Darren Mattocks (Akron), Soph.
D Charles Rodriguez (Charlotte), Sr.
M Ben Speas (North Carolina), Jr.
F Billy Schuler (North Carolina), Jr.
M Luis Silva (UC Santa Barbara), Sr.
F Andrew Wenger (Duke), Jr.
MVPs Second Team
GK Brian Rowe (UCLA), Sr.
F Ashton Bennett (Coastal Carolina), Jr.
D Austin Berry (Louisville), Sr.
F Evans Frimpong (Delaware), Sr.
F Miguel Ibarra (UC Irvine), Sr.
F Arthur Ivo (SMU), Sr.
D Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Connecticut), Soph.
M Enzo Martinez (North Carolina), Jr.
M Kelyn Rowe (UCLA), Soph.
D Kyle Venter (New Mexico), Jr.
M Paul Wyatt (James Madison), Jr.
F Gyasi Zardes (CSU Bakersfield), Soph.
All-Freshman First Team
GK Andre Blake (Connecticut)
F Andrew Bevin (West Virginia)
D Nikko Boxall (Northwestern)
F Giuseppe Gentile (Charlotte)
D Walker Zimmerman (Furman)
M Mikey Lopez (North Carolina)
D Jordan McCrary (North Carolina)
D Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina)
F Nick Palodichuk (Duke)
M Wil Trapp (Akron)
F Eriq Zavaleta (Indiana)