Five members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College men's soccer team were honored along with their coach when the 2000 National Christian College Athletic Association East Region Team was announced on Monday.
Headlining the NCCAA East Region Team was senior Josh Robson. Robson, a forward from Mansfield, Ohio, was selected as the NCCAA East Region Player of the Year for the second year in a row. The former All-Ohioan at Madison High School leads the Cougars with 18 goals and 46 points this season. Robson is also second on the team with 10 assists.
Joining Robson on the NCCAA East Region Team were seniors Rick Collins and Tim Lord, junior Preston Elifritz, and sophomore Trevor Knowles.
Collins, a midfielder from Pataskala, Ohio, has recorded six goals, eight assists, and 20 points so far this season. The former Watkins Memorial High School standout was also selected to the NCCAA East Region Team last year.
Lord, a defender from Mansfield, Ohio, has contributed two assists and two points this season. The former Madison High School product has also helped the team post nine shutouts this season.
Elifritz, a forward from Fletcher, Ohio, has posted career highs with 15 goals, 14 assists, and 44 points this year. The former Miami East High School star is only three assists shy of tying the single-season school record.
Knowles, a goalkeeper from Gahanna, Ohio, has posted a 1.14 goals against average with eight shutouts. The former standout at Westerville North High School has allowed just 22 goals in 20 matches this year.
Head coach Paul Furey was also chosen by his peers as the NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year for the second season in a row. Furey has guided the team to a 14-6-1 overall record and the program's third straight berth in the NCCAA National Tournament. The tournament gets under way on Friday when the Cougars will take on Piedmont (Ga.) College at 5:00 p.m.