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BOSTON – The Northeastern men's soccer team has chosen its captains for the 2013 season. Senior Dante Marini, along with juniors Simon Cox and Donovan Fayd'Herbe de Maudave have been called upon to lead a Huskies team looking to defend its 2012 CAA title and return to the NCAA tournament for the second straight season.
The newcomer among the tri-captains, Cox is coming off a season in which he was named CAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and was a key contributor to the Huskies' CAA-leading 0.70 goals against average. A native of London, England, Cox started all 21 matches for Northeastern and was also named to the All-CAA First Team.
"It's an honor to be named captain for the first time at Northeastern," Cox said. "I'm hoping to improve and build on the success of last season."
Cox was tied for third on the squad with eight points (four goals) last season, including one game-winning tally, en route to NSCAA All-South Atlantic Second Team status.
"Simon is a natural leader," said head coach Brian Ainscough. "Although he didn't wear the armband last year, he was a big part of leading that group to the success that we had, and it was a natural progression to make him a captain this year."
Marini (Chadds Ford, Pa.) enters his second season as tri-captain after leading NU to a 14-3-4 (6-1-3 CAA) mark in 2012. The rising senior was named to the All-CAA Second Team, and capped off 2012 with the game-winning goal against Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Marini spent the summer playing with Reading United AC (USL-PDL), an affiliate of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union, tallying five points (two goals, one assists) in 10 matches.
Fayd'Herbe de Maudave, NU's leading returning scorer in 2013, is also back for his second season as tri-captain. The Johannesburg, South Africa, native was named to the 2012 CAA All-Rookie team and was second on the team with 14 points (five goals, five assists).
The Huskies start the 2013 with exhibition games at Boston College (Aug. 18) and against New Hampshire (Aug. 24), before heading to Durham, N.C., for the Duke Nike Invitational. There they will face Elon (Aug. 30) and Duke (Sep. 1).