For Immediate Release: November 8, 2007
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Binghamton men's soccer collects three major awards from America East Conference

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Sophomore forward Cameron Keith (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) was named the Striker of the Year, senior back Adam Chavez (Endicott, N.Y.) was named the Defender of the Year and head coach Paul Marco and his staff were named the Coaching Staff of the Year as the America East Conference announced it 2007 Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams on Thursday afternoon. Overall, five Bearcat players earned all-conference honors, including three on the first team.

Keith is the first Binghamton player to be named the conference's top striker since Charles Darkwah in 2004. He led the America East with 10 goals and 22 total points. In conference play, Keith netted seven goals, including two against Boston on Oct. 6 and three against Maine on Oct. 20. He finished the season with three multiple-goal games as well as a pair of hat tricks.

Chavez is the second Binghamton player to be named the America East's top defender, joining Graham Munro, who earned the honor three consecutive years (2003-05). He anchored a Bearcat defense that led the conference with a 0.60 goals against average. On Sept. 10, Chavez was named the America East Player of the Week.

Marco earns America East Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his six years at the helm. He guided the Bearcats to their second consecutive America East regular season title, marking the first time a team has finished at the top of the conference standings in back-to-back years since Boston in 1990-95. Joining Marco on the bench this season were seventh-year assistant John Scott, who has been instrumental in the recruiting process, and first-year assistant Beau Brinsko.

Binghamton placed a conference-best three players on the first team. Joining Keith and Chavez was junior midfielder Barry Neville (Mearns Castle, Scotland), who had two goals and five assists this season. He scored the game winner at Stony Brook last Saturday which clinched the regular season title.

Senior midfielder Matt Narode (Glenmont, N.Y.) was named to the second team for the second year in a row. He finished with three goals and two assists this season, including a two-goal performance against Colgate on Oct. 16.

Freshman Kyle Manscuck (Rochester, N.Y.) was the Bearcats fifth all-conference selection, earning a spot on the All-Rookie Team. He became a starter in the backfield towards the end of the season.

Binghamton (13-5-0, 5-3-0 AE) will host either Hartford or UMBC in an America East semifinal game on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

NOTES: This is the second time in his career that Marco has earned a conference's Coach of the Year Award. He was the head coach at West Virginia from 1996-01 and was named the 1999 Big East Conference Coach of the Year. In addition, Marco was named the NSCAA New York Region Coach of the Year in 2003 ... Chavez has now been named first-team all-conference two years in a row. He is the first Binghamton player to be a repeat selection since Graham Munro made it four years in a row (2002-05).

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