OMAHA, Neb. - The Omaha men's soccer team placed three players on the All-Summit League Second Team and three players on the All-Newcomer Team, the conference office announced Thursday evening.
Goalkeeper Matt Grosey, center back Felipe da Silva and midfielder Vance Rookwood were all named to the second team. Da Silva, Chava Garcia and Giovanni Giattino were named among the top 11 newcomers in the conference. The awards are voted on by the league's head coaches.
Grosey made 65 saves to rank fourth in The Summit League, and he posted three shutouts to tie for third. Grosey also finished fourth with a 1.70 goals against average. The Mavs allowed just seven conference goals to rank second in the conference with a 0.96 goals against average against conference foes.
In addition to Grosey, da Silva was a big part of the Mavericks' defensive success. A center back, Da Silva tied for 17th in scoring in conference games only with four points on two goals. He helped anchor the Maverick back line that allowed 0.96 goals per game in conference play, second best in the league. Da Silva had two goals and one assist overall in his first season at UNO, which also earned him All-Newcomer Team honors.
Rookwood tied for seventh in the conference in scoring with 12 points on five goals and two assists. He finished second for the Mavs in points and first in goals. A center midfielder, Rookwood helped lead the Maverick attack that ranked second in The Summit League with 1.6 goals per game.
Joining da Silva on the All-Newcomer team are freshmen Giattino and Garcia. Giattino led the Mavs and tied for fourth in the conference in scoring with 15 points on four goals and seven assists. Giattino's four goals tied for second on the team and tied for second among all Summit League newcomers. His seven assists were the second most of any player in the league, and his 1.15 points per game ranked second in the league behind only the Offensive Player of the Year, Kyle Bethel of Oakland. Giattino finished the year ranked ninth in Division I in assists per game (0.54).
Garcia finished his freshman season tied for ninth in scoring with 11 points on four goals and three assists. The Omaha South product finished second on the team in goals and also tied with Giattino for second in goals scored by Summit League newcomers.
Oakland's Eric Pogue was named Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Grizzlies to the regular-season title. Bethel was named Offensive Player of the Year and John Timm was named Defensive Player of the Year. IUPUI's Eduardo Cortes picked up Goalkeeper of the Year.