UU men’s soccer places 4 on All-Region Team

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Four Urbana University men’s soccer standouts have been voted to the 2015 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Atlantic Region Teams.

Junior goalkeeper Nathan Jones and junior midfielder Lewis Dunne appeared on the All-Atlantic Region First Team, while senior forward Raoui Lassoued and senior back Aaron Burt have been named to the All-Atlantic Region Second Team.

UU has the second-most all-region honorees, just one behind Charleston, which had five first-team selections.

Jones, who was UU’s co-captain and field general on the pitch this season, started 19 matches in goal for the Blue Knights. The 2015 All-MEC first-teamer finished second in the conference in goals against average (0.81), save percentage (.803) and ranked fifth in total saves (61).

Jones was the main catalyst in UU’s resurgence this season, leading the Blue Knights to their first-ever national ranking and a program record nine-straight wins. He posted seven shutouts, including a 1-0 win over nationally-ranked Millersville in UU’s first NCAA Tournament contest in any sport.

Dunne, a native of Ellesmere Port, England, received postseason honors following a career performance in 2015. The junior midfielder led UU with a career-high 20 points and tied for the team lead with seven goals, including a team-high three game-winners.

An All-MEC Second Team performer, Dunne also led the Blue Knights with a career-high six assists and registered a shot-on-goal percentage of .615.

Lassoued, a native of Paris, France, completed his first season in Blue and Grey as one of the most feared strikers in the region. The All-MEC First Team performer registered a whopping 35 shots on goal, and tied for the team lead with seven goals.

Lassoued also generated a massive buzz across the internet, including an appearance on the homepage of Yahoo France among other national and international sites, as video surfaced of his 40-plus yard score in UU’s 4-0 win at Wheeling Jesuit on Oct. 3.

Burt, a native of Mundford, England, anchored a Blue Knight defense that recorded the most shutouts since 2002 (nine). A four-year member of the UU men’s soccer squad, Burt picked up All-MEC First Team honors this season.

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