Men's Soccer Has Five Earn All-University Athletic Association Honors
St. Louis, Mo., November 12, 2010 – The No. 8 Washington University in St. Louis men’s soccer team had five student-athletes earn 2010 All-University Athletic Association (UAA) accolades, as announced Friday by the Association.
Washington University landed a conference-best three players on the UAA first team, with senior back Harry Beddo, senior midfielder Cody Costakis and junior forward Patrick McLean each earning the honor.
Additionally, senior back Alex Neumann received second-team all-UAA accolades, and freshman back Nik Patel was an honorable mention all-conference selection.
Washington University finished the regular season with a 14-1-4 overall record and finished second in the competitive UAA with a 4-1-2 mark against conference foes, trailing just New York University in the standings.
McLean and Costakis led the Washington University offensive attack this season, ranking first and second on the team in scoring respectively. McLean has notched a team-best six goals this season to go along with three assists for 15 points, while Costakis scored four times with a team-best six assists.
McLean, who is an all-UAA selection for the first time in his career, registered three game-winning scores on the season, scoring twice in a 2-1 win at Wheaton College on Sept. 25, and collecting the game-winner in a 1-0 victory against Westminster College Oct. 6. He also assisted the game-winner in the Bears’ 1-0 win at Carnegie Mellon.
Costakis has seemed to provide his team with an offensive spark whenever they needed, tallying a pair of game-winners while assisting game-winning scores three times. He was an honorable-mention all-UAA honoree last season, and garners first-team accolades for the first time in his career.
Beddo, Neumann and Patel each played a large part in anchoring a Washington University backfield that has proved to be one of the top units in Division III. The Bears have allowed just eight goals this season, one of the top marks in the nation. Washington U. ranks seventh in Division III with a 0.4 goals against average and 16th in shutout percentage (0.63), recording 12 shutouts in 19 games.
Beddo will finish his career as a four-time all-UAA honoree, earning second team honors as a freshman, honorable mention accolades as a sophomore, and first-team all-UAA recognition as a junior and senior. Neumann was named an honorable mention all-UAA recipient a year ago, and earns second-team honors for the first time in his career.
Washington U. (14-1-4) earned an at-large berth into the 2010 NCAA Tournament, and received a first-round bye. The Bears will face Loras College on Sunday, Nov. 14, at Francis Field in St. Louis, Mo., at 1 p.m. Loras defeated Greenville College, 3-1, in its opening round game on Thursday night in Dubuque, Iowa, in order to advance to face Washington U. on Sunday.