Nyambi Lone Bobcat to Earn First Team All-MEC Honors

Nyambi Lone Bobcat to Earn First Team All-MEC Honors

BRIDGEPORT -- Notre Dame's Leonardo Paiva, along with Urbana's Nathan Jones, Raphael Northoff and Nick Roberts have earned top honors from the Mountain East Conference as the league announced its annual awards and all-conference teams.

Paiva, a junior from Brazil, is the league's Offensive Player of the Year after leading the nation in goals this season with 25. He scored a goal in every Notre Dame game this year, including four hat tricks and another multi-goal game. Six of his goals have been game-winners this year, which ranks him seventh in the country.

Jones, a senior from Flintshire, Wales, is the MEC Defensive Player of the Year. Jones helped the Blue Knights record seven shutouts this season and became the school's all-time leader in that category in the process. Jones posted a goals-against average of 0.55 and his save percentage of .862 is the best in the country.

Northoff, a native of Ahlen, Germany, was tabbed as the MEC Freshman of the Year after leading Urbana in scoring with eight goals and five assists. His 21 points on the year led all MEC freshman and ranked ninth-best in the NCAA.

Roberts was named MEC Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Knights to a runner-up finish in the MEC. Urbana went 12-3-1 and spent a majority of the year in the national rankings, and achieved its highest-ever ranking at 12th earlier this season. Roberts also has Urbana regionally ranked putting the Blue Knights in position for a second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

In addition to the individual honors, the league also announced the All-MEC teams. Regular season champion Charleston had five first team selections, while runner-up Urbana had four. Notre Dame had two first team honorees, and Wheeling Jesuit and West Virginia Wesleyan each had one. 

The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.

2016 All-MEC First Team
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
GK Nathan Jones Urbana Sr. Flintshire, Wales
D Lewis Norvock Notre Dame Fr. Grimsby, England
D Bruno Oliveira Charleston Sr. Brasilia, Brazil
D Tom Walbeoff Urbana Sr. Cardiff, Wales
D Jake Young Charleston Sr. Essex, England
M Felipe Antonio Charleston Sr. Sao Paulo, Brazil
M Aitor de Heredia Wheeling Jesuit Sr. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
M Lewis Dunne Urbana Jr. Ellesemere Port, England
M Patrick Guier Charleston So. Aachen, Germany
M Kevin Nyambi West Virginia Wesleyan Jr. Chalons-en Champagn, France
F Lars Blenckers Urbana Sr. Mederslo, Netherlands
F Leonardo Paiva Notre Dame Jr. Vitoria, Brazil
F Will Roberts Charleston Jr. Denbigh, Wales
         
2016 All-MEC Second Team
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
GK Daniele De Angelis Notre Dame Fr. Parma, Italy
D Danilo Dias Charleston Fr. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
D Jens Demul West Virginia Wesleyan Sr. Antwerp, Belgium
D Owain Hawkins Wheeling Jesuit Jr. Cambride, United Kingdom
D Shaan Stuart Wheeling Jesuit Sr. Whanganui, New Zealand
M Gabriel Cabral Charleston Fr. Petropolis, Brazil
M Reece Daly Notre Dame So. Birmingham, England
M Raphael Northoff Urbana Fr. Ahlen, Germany
M Max Simpson Concord Jr. Huntington, W.Va.
F Thibaut Bourrier Urbana Fr. Le Cres, France
F Arther Favero Notre Dame So. Sao Paulo, Brazil
F Brent Pedlow Wheeling Jesuit Sr. Glen Innes, Australia
F Jermaine Windster Charleston Sr. Rotterdam, Netherlands
         
2016 All-MEC Honorable Mention
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
GK Alessandro Armenia West Virginia Wesleyan Fr. Rome, Italy
GK Fabian Veit Charleston Sr. Dielhelm, Germany
D Giulo Bellei Notre Dame Fr. Modena, Italy
D Jordan Coxall Urbana Fr. Chester, England
D Alex White West Virginia Wesleyan Sr. Hurricane, W.Va.
M Ebenezer Agyeman Urbana Sr. Columbus, Ohio
M Luca Falconeri West Virginia Wesleyan Fr. Rome, Italy
F Sam Ashton Concord Fr. Waterlooville, Hampshire
F Freddie Tracey Charleston Fr. Sheffield, England
         
2016 All-MEC Freshman Team
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
F Sam Ashton Concord Fr. Waterlooville, Hampshire
F Thibaut Bourrier Urbana Fr. Le Cres, France
M Gabriel Cabral Charleston Fr. Petropolis, Brazil
GK Daniele De Angelis Notre Dame Fr. Parma, Italy
D Danilo Dias Charleston Fr. Rio de Janiero, Brazil
M Luca Falconeri West Virginia Wesleyan Fr. Rome, Italy
M Raphael Northoff Urbana Fr. Ahlen Germany
D Lewis Norvock Notre Dame Fr. Grimsby, England
         
Offensive Player of the Year: Leonardo Paiva (Notre Dame)
Defensive Player of the Year: Nathan Jones (Urbana)
Freshman of the Year: Raphael Northoff (Urbana)
Coach of the Year: Nick Roberts (Urbana)