KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Dec. 2, 2016) – Earlier this week, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced the All-Region Teams for the 2016 Division III Men's Soccer Season. Three Mariners were honored – senior Gavin Yingling (Salisbury, Md.) was selected to the First Team, junior Hannes Rogers (Weinheim, Germany) earned Second Team accolades and senior Cory Maier (Hampton, Va.) picked up a Third Team nod.
"Having three players selected to the All-Region team is the 'icing on the cake,'" commented head coach Michael Smolens. "Awards such as these are a reflection of our team and the success we have achieved. Coach Fitzgerald, Coach Cochrane and I are very proud of these three standouts and our entire squad. This year was a total team effort, and every player and coach played a part in helping us win the conference, gain an NCAA berth and enjoy such a terrific season."
This is the third straight season that Yingling has been named to the NSCAA All-Region Team, as he was a Second Team selection in both 2014 and 2015. The senior also garnered Skyline Conference Offensive Player of the Year accolades this year, as well as First Team All-Skyline and ECAC DIII Metro All-Star selections. He led the squad with 20 goals and 42 points with seven game-winning tallies, including the Skyline Championship clincher in overtime to lift the Mariners over Sage, 1-0, and clinch their berth in the NCAA Tournament.
"Every honor Gavin has received is a testament to all the hard work he has put in to become a better player," added Smolens. "Throughout his career, as the moments in our matches became more important, Gavin has come through so many times. He has made a special impact in our program on and off the field, and will be difficult to replace."
Rogers was selected to the All-Skyline First Team in early November. He finished the 2016 season with 14 points on five goals and four assists. The midfielder notched the game-winning goal in the Mariners' 3-2 win in the Skyline semifinals over Farmingdale State. He also scored USMMA's lone goal in the NCAA Tournament first round loss to Haverford.
"Hannes was a model of consistency this season and his work rate in the midfield is second to none," commented Smolens. "He is the engine that makes our team go and his work in the attack and on defense was a key factor in our success this season"
Maier was a part of nine team shutouts in goal for the Mariners during the 2016 season. He picked up All-Skyline Second Team honors after recording five solo shutouts, which ranked second in the Skyline Conference. Maier's 1.161 goals against average was good for third in the conference. He finished the year with a 13-5-2 record with 65 saves.
"Cory has enjoyed a terrific career, capped off by an excellent senior year when he led our defense which featured a number of players in new or expanded roles," said Smolens. "He has come up big for us on numerous occasions, and his shot stopping and leadership in the back was key to us in winning our conference and gaining an NCAA bid this year.
For the complete release from the NSCAA, click here.
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