FREDERICTON (CIS) – Alex Braletic, a fifth-year strikerfrom Ryerson University, was named CIS player of the year inmen’s soccer, Wednesday evening.
The Thornhill, Ont., product, who received the Joe JohnsonMemorial Trophy, became the first student-athlete from his schoolto claim CIS-MVP honours in any sport.
Other national award winners announced during the All-CanadianBanquet held at the Fredericton Inn were York midfielder JonathanLao, who was named rookie of the year and received the Lou BilekAward; Dalhousie defender Nathan Rogers, who claimed theStudent-Athlete Community Service Award; as well as UBC’sMike Mosher, who was voted coach of the year for the first time inhis 18th season at the helm of the Thunderbirds.
The 2013 CIS championship kicks off Thursday at the Universityof New Brunswick’s BMO Centre and concludes Sunday with thegold-medal final scheduled for 2 p.m. Atlantic Time. All 11 matchesfrom the eight-team tournament will be webcast live on www.CIS-SIC.tv.
Official championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/msoc/index
JOE JOHNSON MEMORIAL TROPHY (player of the year): AlexBraletic, Ryerson
In his fifth and final CIS season, his fourth with Ryerson afterstarting his university career at York, Braletic led the OUAconference with 13 goals in 12 games, more than his combined totalin his first three campaigns with the team. Thanks to the stellarplay of their co-captain and engineering student, the Rams finishedfirst in the OUA East with a sparkling 12-0-2 mark and were theonly undefeated team in the country at the end of league play.
Over the course of the season, Ryerson set program records inwins (12) and points (38) and reached their best-ever nationalranking (No. 2). The Rams went on to qualify for the CISchampionship for the first time in history.
Named a first-team all-Canadian this fall, Braletic finishes hiscareer as a three-time CIS all-star, four-time member of the firstOUA squad and two-time OUA East MVP.
“I’m really happy for Alex. He has had a greatyear,” said head coach Dr. Ivan Joseph. “As much as hehas earned this individual recognition, his teammates have been ofgreat support for him. This is more of a team award and proof ofthe strength of our work as a unit.”
The other nominees for the Joe Johnson Trophy were Cape Bretonstriker Ian Greedy, UQAM defender Jawad Guizaoui and UBC midfielderReynold Stewart.
LOU BILEK AWARD (rookie of the year): Jonathan Lao,York
Lao is the third York player to capture the Bilek Awardfollowing Jamaal Smith in 2006 and Moreno Alberti in 2007.
The liberal arts student from Unionville, Ont., had an immediateimpact on a strong Lions roster in his university debut, startingevery game and finishing tied for second in OUA scoring – andtied for first in the OUA West – with 11 goals in 16conference matches. He began his CIS career with a bang back inearly September, netting two goals in each of his first twocontests, including both game-winners, en route to CISathlete-of-the-week honours.
In addition to the top-rookie award, Lao was named OUA West MVPand a first-team all-Canadian this season, a rare feat for afirst-year player. He helped York to a first-place finish in itsdivision, the OUA title and a spot in this week’s nationalchampionship.
The 5-foot-9 midfielder, who joined the Lions out of BillCrothers Secondary School, is a former member of Toronto FC’ssenior academy team and represented Canada at the 2009 CONCACAFunder-17 championship in Mexico.
“Jon is technically one of the cleanest players I haveseen in a long time,” said York head coach Carmine Isacco.“He is a dangerous player who can get a goal or an assistfrom anywhere on the field and he has been a tremendous attackingand defending asset for us this season. It took him no time toadjust to the level of play in the OUA and he has been a leader forus on and off the field.”
Midfielders Diego Padilha of UNB, Bila Dicko-Raynauld of Lavaland Sean Einarsson of UBC were also in the running for thetop-freshman award.
STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Nathan Rogers,Dalhousie
Rogers wrapped up his solid five-year career with the Tigersthis fall with a second straight selection as an AUS all-star, hisfirst on the top squad. The team captain started every game thisseason and contributed four goals from his defender position,including a pair of game-winners.
In the classroom, the commerce student from Calgary has been amember of the Dean’s List and a CIS Academic All-Canadianeach of his first four years at Dalhousie.
In the community, Rogers organizes an annual fundraising eventin Calgary called CareFest, with the proceeds split between amemorial scholarship established at his high school and Kid SportAlberta. He also volunteers his time during the summer with hishometown club, the Calgary Villains.
This year, he is balancing soccer and school work with being ateacher assistant for a fourth-year audit (accounting) class anddoing administrative work for the assistant director of athletics.He has served on the varsity council for Dalhousie athletics forthe past four years, the last two in an executive capacity asco-president.
Through the Dalhousie co-op program, Rogers landed himself aposition with KPMG, an internationally recognized public accountingfirm. He had his first co-op with the firm in January of 2011during his second year of study and will start full time in January2014 with the Calgary office upon completion of his degree. Inbetween that time, he has officially represented KPMG as a campusambassador at Dalhousie.
“Nathan is a great example of a true student athlete. Heis a deserving recipient of this prestigious award which representsboth his and his university’s commitment toexcellence,” said Dalhousie head coach Pat Nearing.“Nathan is always the person trying to make a difference inhis community be it in Halifax or Calgary. He will be heading offto start his work career at the end of the year and I know he willcontinue to be a difference-maker in Canadian society.”
The other nominees were Laval’s Goran Rimac,Carleton’s Andrew Latty and UBC’s Paul Clerc.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Mosher, UBC
Mosher joins two former UBC bench bosses named CIS coach of theyear in men’s soccer, his father Dick in 1989, as well as JoeJohnson in 1985. He was also the Canada West nominee in 2009.
This season, Mosher led his defending national championThunderbirds to yet another first-place finish in the Canada WestPacific Division thanks to a stellar 12-1 conference mark. TheT-Birds’ 3.62 goals scored per game were tops in the country,while their goals against average of 0.62 was the best in CanadaWest and ranked second in CIS. Not surprisingly, UBC topped five ofnine national coaches’ polls this fall, including the lastfour, before claiming their fifth conference title underMosher.
A former standout player with the T-Birds, the physicaleducation graduate became an assistant coach under his father in1994 and took over the program the following year. He has claimed atotal of seven CIS banners with the team, including three as aplayer, one as an assistant and three more as head coach.
Mosher, who also played four years with the Canadian Olympic teamand spent four seasons in the Canadian Soccer League, has alsocoached on the international stage with Team Canada at two SummerUniversiades, first as an assistant in 2007 in Thailand and then asbench boss in 2009 in Serbia.
“It is always nice to be recognized for your efforts andyour team’s success,” said Theresa Hanson, UBCAssociate Director, Athletics. “On behalf of UBC Athleticscongratulations to Mike for this prestigious honour, it is welldeserved.”
UNB’s Miles Pinsent, Laval’s Samir Ghrib andYork’s Carmine Isacco were the other finalists.
The all-Canadian teams were also announced on Wednesday with OUAchampion York leading the way with four selections.
Joining Braletic and Lao on the first squad were Victoriagoalkeeper Elliot Mitrou, defenders Jawad Guizaoui of UQAM, PaulClerc of UBC and Maxime Laurey of Montreal, midfielders ReynoldStewart of UBC, Diego Padilha of UNB, Joey Kewin of Carleton andSandro Rajkovic of Cape Breton, as well as striker Ian Greedy ofCape Breton.
The second unit is comprised of York keeper Sotiri Varlokostas,defenders Casey D’Mello of York, Andrew Ravenhill ofVictoria, Pawel Gorski of Saint Mary’s and NafiDicko-Raynauld of Laval, midfielders Alexandre Haddad of Montreal,Randy Ribeiro of StFX and Brett Levis of Saskatchewan, as well asforwards Bezick Evraire of Dalhousie, Patrice Dion of Laval andMark-Anthony Kaye of York.
Joining Braletic as repeat all-Canadians were Mitrou (2011),Laurey (2011), Kewin (2011), Greedy (2011), Dicko-Raynauld (2012),Haddad (2011) and Levis (2012).
CISMEN’S SOCCER: 2013 AWARDS &ALL-CANADIANS
Joe Johnson Memorial Trophy (player of theyear): Alex Braletic, Ryerson
Lou Bilek Award (rookie of the year): JonathanLao, York
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: NathanRogers, Dalhousie
Coach of the year: Mike Mosher, UBC
Pos. – Athlete – University – Year -Hometown – Faculty
G Elliot Mitrou Victoria 5 Victoria,B.C. Social Sciences
D Jawad Guizaoui UQAM 5 Casablanca,Morocco Administration
D Paul Clerc UBC 4 Coquitlam,B.C. Kinesiology
D MaximeLaurey Montreal 4 St-Germain-en-Laye,France Administration
M Reynold Stewart UBC 5 Delta,B.C. Arts
M Diego Padilha UNB 1 Maceio,Brazil Electrical Engineering
M Jonathan Lao York 1 Unionville,Ont. Liberal Arts
M Joey Kewin Carleton 5 London,Ont. Commerce
M Sandro Rajkovic Cape Breton 3 Hamilton,Ont. Business Admin.
S Alex Braletic Ryerson 5 Thornhill,Ont. Engineering
S Ian Greedy Cape Breton 4 LowerSackville, N.S. Business Admin.
G Sotiri Varlokostas York 5 Toronto,Ont. Political Science
D CaseyD’Mello York 4 Mississauga,Ont. Kinesiology & HS
D Andrew Ravenhill Victoria 5 Victoria,B.C. Humanities
D Pawel Gorski SaintMary’s 3 Halifax, N.S. Arts
D Nafi Dicko-Raynauld Laval 4 Montreal,Que. Mechanical Engineering
M Alexandre Haddad Montreal 3 Montreal,Que. Administration
M Randy Ribeiro StFX 3 Cambridge,Ont. Human Kinetics
M Brett Levis Saskatchewan 3 Saskatoon,Sask. Arts & Science
S Bezick Evraire Dalhousie 3 Ottawa,Ont. Arts
S Patrice Dion Laval 3 Quebec City,Que. Business Admin.
S Mark-Anthony Kaye York 2 Toronto,Ont. Liberal Arts
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