Mid-American Conference Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams Announced

Updated 11/2/2000
CLEVELAND -- Marshall's Byron Carmichael, a sophomore forward from Lumberton, N.J., has been named the 2000 Mid-American Conference's Player of the Year by a vote of the league's head coaches. Reece Richardson, a freshman forward for Western Michigan from Ann Arbor, Mich., was picked as Newcomer of the Year. Also, Bob Gray, head coach of Marshall University, was named the Gary V. Palmisano Coach of the Year.

Marshall leads the all conference list with six student-athletes on the first or second teams. The University of Akron is second with five students. Western Michigan University is third with four All-MAC performers. Six of the 11 first team choices are repeat first-team All-Mid-American Conference's choices from 1999.

Carmichael, a Co-Newcomer of the Year last year, led the conference in scoring during the regular season with 38 points on 17 goals and 4 assists. His goal total was first in the conference and his 0.94 goals per game were ranked 12th nationally in the country.

Richardson led the Broncos in scoring, while missing three games, with 18 points on eight goals and two assists. Richardson led the team with his eight goals. His 1.20 points per game were good enough for fourth in the league, while his 0.53 goals per game was sixth in the conference. Richardson also made the second team All-MAC at the foward position.

Marshall's Bob Gray ran away with the Gary V. Palmisano Coach of the Year after guiding the Herd to a 13-4-1 overall record and a 4-2-0 record in conference play. The 13 wins ties a school record. Marshall finished in a four way tie for first place, but through the tie-breaker the Herd finished second to Bowling Green in the tournament seeding.

Joining Carmichael on the first team are repeat first-team All-MAC members from 1999 Kyle Milligan (GK), Greg Prusha (D), and Orjan Bjaneso (MF) of Akron. Also from Akron is Christer Larson (F), who made the second-team All-MAC last season. Ilkka Jantti (D) and Giovanni Fernandes (MF) of Kentucky repeat as first-team All-MAC from 1999. Fred Degand (MF) of Bowling Green is the other repeat first team All-MAC from last season. Rounding out the first team is Adam Erhard of Bowling Green, Dan Parisi of Northern Illinois, and Brian McCallion of Buffalo.

On the MAC's second team is: Taly Goode (GK), Dennis Ahebwa (D), Vivian Baku (D), Chris Donovan (MF) and Dave Spaulding (MF) of Marshall; Mike Bravo (MF), Rob Friend (F), Richardson (F), and Scott Duhl (F) of Western Michigan; Tracy Dowe (D) of Akron; Matt Lyons (MF) of Bowling Green; and Nick Park (MF) of Northern Illinois.

Bowling Green is the top seed in the MAC Tournament, which begins Friday, November 3 in Buffalo, N.Y., with quarterfinal action. The semifinals are scheduled for Sunday, November 5, with the championship match to be played the following weekend at the home field of the highest remaining seed.

FIRST TEAM
Pos.        Player               School            Year  Hometown             (High School)
Goalkeeper  Kyle Milligan#       Akron              Jr.  Independence, Ohio   (Hudson)
Defense     Greg Prusha#         Akron              Sr.  North Olmsted, Ohio  (North Olmsted)
Defense     Ilkka Jantti#        Kentucky           Jr.  Lahti, Finland       (Salpausselan Lakota)
Defense     Adam Erhard          Bowling Green      Sr.  North Olmsted, Ohio  (North Olmsted)
Midfield    Orjan Bjaneso#       Akron              Jr.  Bergen, Norway       (Fana Gymnas)
Midfield    Giovanni Fernandes#  Kentucky           Jr.  Criciuma, Brazil     (Adidas Academy)
Midfield    Fred Degand#         Bowling Green      Sr.  Highland Park, Ill.  (Deerfield)
Midfield    Dan Parisi           Northern Illinois  Sr.  Hanover Park, Ill.   (Hoffman Estates)
Forward     Byron Carmichael     Marshall           So.  Lumberton, N.J.      (Rancocas Valley)
Forward     Christer Larsen      Akron              Sr.  Bergen, Norway       (U. Pihl Gymnas)
Forward     Brian McCallion      Buffalo            Sr.  Ballston Spa, N.Y.   (Shenendehowa)
#repeat first-team all-MAC from 1999

SECOND TEAM
Pos.          Player             School            Year  Hometown             (High School)
Goalkeeper    Taly Goode         Marshall           Sr.  Woodbridge, Va.      (Woodbridge)
Defense       Tracy Dowe         Akron              Sr.  North Olmsted, Ohio  (North Olmsted)
Defense       Dennis Ahebwa      Marshall           So.  Kampala, Uganda      (Kyembogo)
Defense       Vivian Baku        Marshall           So.  Kampala, Uganda      (St. Henry's)
Midfield      Matt Lyons         Bowling Green      Sr.  Maineville, Ohio     (Cincinnati Moeller)
Midfield      Chris Donovan      Marshall           So.  Lexington, KY        (Dunbar)
Midfield      Mike Bravo         Western Michigan   So.  Lake Zurich, Ill.    (Lake Zurich)
Midfield-Tie  Dave Spaulding     Marshall           So.  Villa Hills, Ky.     (Northern Kentucky)
Midfield-Tie  Nick Park          Northern Illinois  So.  Littleton, Colo.     (Arapahoe)  
Forward       Rob Friend         Western Michigan   So.  Kelowna, B.C. 
Forward       Reece Richardson   Western Michigan   Fr.  Ann Arbor, Mich.     (Huron)
Forward       Scott Duhl         Western Michigan   Fr.  Canton, Mich.        (Plymouth Salem)

GARY V. PALMISANO COACH OF THE YEAR:
Bob Gray, Marshall

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Byron Carmichael, Marshall

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:
Reece Richardson, Western Michigan