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Stony Brook earns four America East season honors

Published: November 4, 2011

Juniors Berian Gobeil Cruz and Leonardo Fernandes headline four Stony Brook men's soccer student-athletes to earn season honors from America East, the conference announced Thursday. Gobeil Cruz was named the America East Striker of the Year and Fernandes was named the America East Midfielder of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Gobeil Cruz and Fernandes were both named first-team All-America East, as was senior captain defender Kyle McTurk (Hauppauge, N.Y.). Freshman Keith McKenna (Great River, N.Y.) was named to the All-Rookie team.

Gobeil Cruz, Stony Brook's first-ever Striker of the Year, led the Seawolves and America East in goals scored during the regular season, tallying seven, including four during conference play. He had three game-winning goals and added two assists, one of which helped score the game-winning goal. For the junior forward, this is his second All-Conference honor. He was second-team All-America East as a freshman in 2009. 

Fernandes repeats as Midfielder of the Year after putting up another solid campaign. He led the Seawolves in points with 17 after scoring six goals and assisting on five. He helped account for 46 percent of Stony Brook's 24 goals this season. He is tied for second in America East in total points and also ranks in the top five in goals and assists. Fernandes has now won a major conference honor in each of his three seasons, having also been named America East Rookie of the Year in 2009.

McTurk earns his first-ever All-America East honor, providing the Seawolves outstanding defense. He played every minute of every game this season and was part of four Seawolves shutouts. On multiple occasions this season, McTurk helped the team not allow a shot on goal for entire halves. For his career, McTurk has been a part of 22 Seawolves shutouts.

McKenna appeared in 12 games for the Seawolves, most of any freshman on the team. He totaled seven shot attempts, including three that were on goal. 

Stony Brook, under first-year head coach Ryan Anatol, had an outstanding regular season that included a 8-6-3 overall record and 4-2-1 America East mark. The Seawolves earned the No. 2 seed in the America East Championship and will face either No. 3 Vermont or No. 6 Albany in the semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at LaValle Stadium at 7 p.m.

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