PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Eight members of the University of Delaware men’s soccer team received All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) honors as announced tonight at the league’s post-season tournament banquet held at Drexel University.

The eight student-athletes receiving post-season accolades marks a Delaware program-best since joining the CAA in 2002.

Freshman Guillermo Delgado highlighted the Blue Hens’ eight honorees as he was named the 2013 CAA Rookie of the Year. Delgado becomes just the third freshman in program history to earn the prestigious award for Delaware. The forward was also named to the All-CAA First Team and All-CAA Rookie Team.

Hostra’s Chris Griebsch was named 2013 CAA Player of the Year while William & Mary senior Will Smith earned CAA Defender of the Year accolades. Drexel’s head coach Doug Hess received CAA Coach of the Year honors for the second time in four years at the helm of the Dragons.

Joining Delgado on the All-CAA First Team was first-year goalkeeper Borja Barbero. Junior tri-captain Roberto Giménez along with senior defender Vincent Mediate earned All-CAA Second Team honors. Junior defender Ignacio Martín was the lone Blue Hen named to the All-CAA Third Team. Jaime Martinez and Ben Sampson joined Delgado on the All-CAA Rookie Team. Senior midfielder Luke Oostdyk represented Delaware on the CAA All-Academic Team.

"I am delighted for our entire squad and of course, for our players honored tonight at the CAA championship banquet,” said Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. “We have earned the right to make the CAA final four, and I know the players enjoy all of the ceremonial grandeur surrounding the celebratory dinner. It' s a great experience for them and a source of pride for our athletic department.”

Delgado, who has set new Delaware program records for goals (13) and points (31) by a freshman in a single season along with the record for consecutive games scoring a goal (5), has led multiple CAA statistical categories throughout the season. Currently, Delgado leads the league in points, points per game (1.72), goals, goals per game and game-winning goals (6). The freshman ranks second in CAA standings for shots (77) and shots per game (4.28). On the national scene, Delgado is the only freshman that ranks in the NCAA top-five in points per game, goals and overall points.

The last Blue Hen to earn the CAA Rookie of the Year honor is was Delgado’s current teammate, Giménez. Giménez took home the honor in the 2011 when Delaware went on to win the CAA Tournament. In 2004, Sobhan Tadjalli became the first Delaware student-athlete to take home Rookie of the Year accolades. On all three occasions that Delaware has received the Rookie of the Year award, the recipient also received All-CAA First Team and All-CAA Rookie Team honors.

Barbero becomes the first goalkeeper in Delaware history to earn All-CAA First Team honors. Barbero, a transfer from Iona College, made an immediate impact on the Blue Hen defensive unit. The junior has played 1,598 minutes in goal for the Blue Hens stopping a league-high 64 shots, while only allowing 21 goals. Barbero ranked third in the CAA with five shutouts in 17 games.

Giménez earns the second All-CAA honor of his career as he was an All-CAA First Team recipient in 2011. Giménez has scored four goals and has passed out a league second-best six assists in playing just 13 matches this season for Delaware. The forward has scored two game-winning goals for the Hens including the game-winner in last weeks CAA quarterfinal matchup against Northeastern. His two game-winning goals rank fourth in the CAA.

Mediate joins Giménez on the All-CAA Second Team. The Southlake, Tex. Native was as the heart and soul of the Blue Hen midfield. Mediate was a 2011 CAA All-Rookie Team selection and was named the 2011 CAA Tournament Most Valuable Player. The senior scored one goal and added two assists for Delaware this season. Mediate has played in 74 career games for the Hens tying the program record for career games played.

Martín earns the first All-CAA honor of his career as he was named to the All-CAA Third Team. Martín started in all of Delaware’s 17 regular season contests at defense. Martín aided the Blue Hen defense that allowed only 90 shots on goal this season compared to the Delaware offense’s 141 SOG.

Martinez and Sampson were two of just ten student-athletes selected to the All-CAA Rookie Team.

In his first season of American soccer, Martinez ranked second on the squad in points (16), goals (5) and assists (6). The Madrid, Spain native started in 17 games at midfielder for Delaware and scored two game-winning goals.

Sampson, who has started in all 18 games for the Blue Hens at defense, scored two goals and added one assist for Delaware in 2013. On Oct. 31, Sampson along with Oostdyk were named to the Capital One/CoSIDA District II All-Academic First Team. Sampson has registered a perfect 4.0 GPA as a computer engineering major.

Oostdyk represents the Hens on the All-CAA Academic Team. The senior, an honor student as a biochemisty major, has complied an impressive 3.85 GPA. The midfielder has played in eight games for Delaware scoring one goal and passing out two assists.

“Capstone functions like tonight’s CAA banquet are also cause for reflection, so I want to turn the focus to the graduating class,” said Hennessy. “If we make the NCAA tournament this year, they will go down as the most successful class in the 87 year history of the program. They are rivaled only by the 1968 & 1970 teams as one of the great teams in the UD soccer pantheon. I am delighted that they will leave our program with such distinction."

As a unit, Delaware currently leads in the nation in goals (42) while ranking second in points (123) and points per game (6.83) and third in scoring offense (2.33 goals per game). In the CAA, the Hens sit atop almost every statistical category. Delaware leads in shots (307), points, goals, goals per game, assists (39), assists per game (2.17) and corners (131). The Hens were most recently ranked 27th in NCAA’s Ranking Per Index. The RPI rankings consist of three factors: Division I winning percentage, strength of schedule and opponent's strength of schedule. The RPI is used by the NCAA when evaluating programs for 48-team postseason tournament.

At Delaware Mini-Stadium this season, the Hens averaged an attendance of 611 spectators, also a league-high.

The Blue Hens return to the pitch tomorrow, when No. 4 Delaware faces off against the No. 1 seeded Drexel Dragons in the semi-finals of the CAA Tournament. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Drexel’s Vidas Field. Delaware looks to win its second CAA title for the second time in three years.


First Team
Guillermo Delgado, Delaware - Fr. - F (Tres Cantos, Spain/Jose Luis Sampedro)
Chris Griebsch, Hofstra# - Sr. - F (Dessau-Rosslau, Germany/Jena)
Maid Memic, Hofstra# - Jr. - F (Kozarac, Bosnia/Voss Gymnas)
Marcus Luster, William & Mary - Jr. - MF (Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge)
Dante Marini, Northeastern# - Sr. - MF (Chadds Ford, Pa./Salesianum School)
Nathan Page, Drexel* - Sr.- MF (Norwich, England/Norwich)
Ken Tribbett, Drexel# - Sr. - MF (Centennial, Colo./Grandview)
Simon Cox, Northeastern* - Jr. - D (London, England/N.C. State)
Will Smith, William & Mary% - Sr. - D (Avon, Conn./Westminster School)
Jacob VanCompernolle, UNCW - Jr. - D (Dallas, Texas/R.L. Turner)
Borja Barbero, Delaware - Jr. - GK (Valladolid, Spain/Iona College)

Second Team
Colin Bonner, UNCW - So. - F (Fulton, Md./Reservoir)
Roberto Giménez, Delaware - Sr. - F (Socuéllamos, Spain/Les Parques Lineal & Zurbaran)
Josh Grant, James Madison - Jr. - F (Plymouth, England/Torpoint College)
Jonathan Eckford, Northeastern% - Sr. - MF (Bradenton, Fla./Southern Connecticut St.)
Vincent Mediate, Delaware - Sr. - MF (Southlake, Texas/Southlake Carroll)
Chris Perez, William & Mary - Sr. - MF (Annandale, Va./Gonzaga College)
David Sizemore, UNCW - So. - MF (Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina)
Bjarki Aôalsteinsson, James Masison* - So. - D (Kopavogur, Iceland/Menntaskolinn i Kopavogi)
Tal Bublil, Drexel# - Sr. - D (Kfar-Mass, Israel/Makif Yahud)
Tam McGowan, Coll. of Charleston - Sr. - D (Glasgow, Scotland/Cloud County CC)
Tyler Afflerbach, Drexel - Fr. - GK (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area)

Third Team
Jackson Eskay, William & Mary - So. - F (Urbana, Md./Urbana)
Josh West, William & Mary - Jr. - F (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point)
Chris Albiston, William & Mary - Jr. - MF (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox)
Adam Bastidas, James Madison - Sr. - MF (Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua)
Elliott Firth, Hofstra  - Jr. - MF (Sheffield, England/Penistone Grammar School)
Michele Pataia, Drexel - Jr. - MF (Saint German, France/Lycer International)
Tyler Botte, Hofstra - Sr. - D (North Babylon, N.Y./St. Anthony’s)
Robert LIberatore, Drexel - Jr. - D (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons)
Ignacio Martín, Delaware - Jr. - D (La Laguna, Spain/The British School of Tenerife)
Ambry Moss, Northeastern# - Jr. - D (Nassau, Bahamas/Indiana University)
Kees Heemskerk, Coll. of Charleston - Sr. - GK  (Zaandam, Netherlands/Ajax Youth Academy)

2013 CAA Player of the Year: Chris Griebsch, Hofstra
2013 CAA Defensive Player of the Year: Will Smith, William & Mary
2013 CAA Rookie of the Year: Guillermo Delgado, Delaware
2013 CAA Coach of the Year: Doug Hess, Drexel

* - All-CAA First Team in 2012                  # - All-CAA Second Team in 2012                  
% - All-CAA Third Team in 2012

All-Rookie Team
Tyler Afflerbach, Drexel - Fr. - GK (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area)
Guillermo Delgado, Delaware - Fr. - F (Tres Cantos, Spain/Jose Luis Sampedro)
Kellen Foster, UNCW - Fr. - MF (Cary, N.C./Green Hope)
Ignacio Gorrono, Hofstra - Fr. - F (Madrid, Spain/Santa Maria del Pilar)
Jaime Martinez, Delaware - Fr. - MF (Madrid, Spain/Armando de la Moren)
Rory Murphy, Hofstra - Fr. - D (Windlesham, England/Collingwood)
Mac Phillips, William & Mary - Fr. - GK (Rocky Mount, Va./Franklin County)
Xavier Rajpaul, College of Charleston  - Fr. - MF (Port of Spain, Trinidad/Fatima College)
Ben Sampson, Delaware - So. - D (Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury)
Robbie Schallmo, Northeastern - Fr. - F (Norwood, Mass./Thayer Academy)

All-Academic Team
Adam Bastidas, James Madison - Sr. - MF (Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua)
Herbert Biste, Hofstra - Sr. - MF (Halle, Germany/Bayreuth)
Connor Coons, College of Charleston - Sr. - D (Alpharetta, Ga./Virginia Tech)
Robert LIberatore, Drexel - Jr. - D (Cary, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons)
Dante Marini, Northeastern - Sr. - MF (Chadds Ford, Pa./Salesianum School)
Luke Oostdyk, Delaware - Sr. - MF (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township)
Will Smith, William & Mary - Sr. - D (Avon, Conn./Westminster School)
Jacob VanCompernolle, UNCW - Jr. - D (Dallas, Texas/R.L. Turner)