Nov. 10, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Sasha Gotsmanov (Woodbury, Minn.), who finished the regular season leading the nation in goals and points, was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Year on Wednesday night at the annual conference awards banquet.
Rhode Island freshman Danleigh Borman (Cape Town, South Africa) was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, while junior captain Simon Gatti (Wellend, Ontario) and sophomore Jeffrey Gonsalves (Markham, Ontario) were selected to the All-Atlantic 10 second-team. Rhody freshman Dawid Badecki (Jelenia Gora, Poland) joined Borman on the conference's All-Rookie Team.
Gotsmanov was the first Rhode Island player to earn Atlantic 10 Player of the Year honors since Andrew Williams did so in 1996. Gotsmanov, who also earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference first team, notched a nation leading 19 goals to go along with eight assists for a nation-leading 46 points. He ranks fifth on the Rhode Island all-time scoring list with 89 points and fifth on the all-time goals list with 35 tallies. The three-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week this season scored goals in 15 of URI's 20 games and tallied at least one point in 18 of 20 contests.
Borman was named A-10 Rookie of the Year after helping Rhode Island's offense finish the regular season tied for fifth in total goals with 44. The native of Cape Town, South Africa saw action in 19 games and made 16 starts for the Rams. He tallied three goals and added an assists for seven points to rank fifth on the team in scoring.
Gonsalves earned second-team All-Atlantic 10 honors after finishing second in the conference behind Gotsmanov in scoring with 26 points, averaging 1.39 points per game. He is tied for second in the Atlantic 10 in goals with nine and tied for third in assists with eight.
Gatti, the Rams' captain and field leader, was named second-team All-Atlantic 10 for the second-straight year. He scored two goals and had three assists on the season.
Badecki was impressive as a defender in his first season in Kingston, scoring two goals and adding three assists for seven points on the season.
The defending Atlantic 10 champion Rams (12-7-1, 6-4-1 Atlantic 10) are seeded fifth in the conference tournament and play fourth-seeded George Washington on Thursday at 1:15 p.m. at the Athletic Complex at Mount Vernon.
Sasha Gotsmanov was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year after leading the nation in goals and points.