YORK, Pa. – The Capital Athletic Conference released its men's soccer All-Conference awards Tuesday, and Salisbury University tied for a league-high six student-athletes on the teams, as seniors Tanner East, Stephen Poorman, Logan Becker, and Kyle Westbrook landed first-team honors and senior Benjamin Aryeetey and junior Drew Staedeli were named to the second team.
Alongside conference-victor Christopher Newport University, the fourth-consecutive regular-season champion Gulls earned four first-team nods along with two second-team honors prior to heading to the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship tournament.
East, who has started in all 19 games this season, received his second-straight first-team accolade for the CAC, as he leads Salisbury in points and goals with 18 and seven, respectively. Of the seven finishes, two are game-winning goals. The Salisbury, Maryland native now has 16 goals and seven helpers for 39 points in his career donning the maroon and gold.
Poorman has now earned first-team All-CAC for the second-consecutive season, as the two-time captain has manned the center midfield through 18 games this year. The Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania native has recorded two goals in his senior season, bringing his total to 12 for his career.
Becker, a 6-4 presence on the backline, has been placed on the first team for his second-straight year, starting in 18 games of the 19 played in 2014. A CAC Defensive Player of the Week on November 3, the Pocomoke, Maryland native has played a crucial role on the Salisbury defense while donning the maroon and gold, only allowing 10 goals through 19 matches for a 0.49 goals-against average, good enough for 10th best in the country.
Adding to the impenetrable wall with Becker is Westbrook, who received his second All-CAC honor, landing a second-team accolade last season. The Salisbury, Maryland native is the final line of defense before the goalkeeper, being named a second-year captain for the Sea Gulls his senior season. Helping the backline perform as a unit, Westbrook has guided SU to limiting opponents to just 9.7 shots per game. The starting back has competed in 16 matches this season, claiming CAC Defensive Player of the Week on October 7.
Aryeetey, a starting forward through all 19 contests in 2014, earned his first All-CAC nod, landing on the second team. The Accra, Ghana native paces the Gulls in assists this season with five, while sitting second in points and goals with 17 and six, respectively. With his quick attributes on the front line, Aryeetey put together a six-point week on two finishes and two helpers through two matches to earn CAC Offensive Player of the Week on September 29. Through his two years donning the maroon and gold, he has found the back of the net 10 times and added nine assists for 29 points.
Staedeli, a two-year starter in net for the Sea Gulls, added his second All-CAC honor this year, landing first team last season. The Ellicott City, Maryland native has put together quite a career, only allowing 20 goals through 43 games for a .50 goals-against average, good enough for fourth best in program history. With 10 clean sheets and one partial in 2014, his total is now at 21 with five partials through two seasons, moving him into 15th in Division III for active career leaders. Starting in all 19 games this year, Staedeli has only let nine balls past him, for a 0.47 goals-against average, placing him eighth in the country in the category. Putting together another incredible season in net, he has been awarded CAC Defensive Player of the Week twice along with being honored by the Eastern College Athletic Conference as a two-time Defensive Player of the Week.
The Sea Gulls now get set for their 12th appearance in the national tournament, as Salisbury heads to host Franklin & Marshall College on Saturday, November 15 for a first-round matchup against the University of Rochester (N.Y.). First touch is set for 7:30 p.m., at Tylus Field in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.