Immediate Release: November 8, 2004
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Four Binghamton players named to America East Men's Soccer All-Conference teams
Munro repeats as Defensive Player of the Year, Darkwah named Striker of the Year
Complete America East All-Conference teams
VESTAL, N.Y.--Junior back Graham Munro (Invergordon, Scotland) was named the America East Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row and senior forward Charles Darkwah (Toronto, Onatrio) was named the Striker of the Year as the America East Conference announced its 2004 all-conference teams. Junior midfielder Danilo (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and freshman midfielder Adam Chavez (Endicott, N.Y.) also earned all-conference accolades.
Munro earned first-team all-conference honors first the third year in a row. He has paced a defense that has surrendered just 17 goals in 19 games. The Bearcats have shut out seven opponents this season, including New Hampshire in its America East Championship first-round game on Saturday. Munro also scored three goals and had a pair of assists.
"It's very obvious when you play us that Graham is the heart and soul of our backfield," head coach Paul Marco said. "He is a big reason why we have been able to compete at such a high level."
After being named second-team all-conference last season, Darkwah moved up to the first team by tying for the conference lead with 11 goals. With five assists, he also ranked second in the conference with 27 total points. On Oct. 25, he was named the America East Player of the Week. The 11 goals is the most scored by a Binghamton player since Doug Dillman scored 18 times during the 1999 campaign.
"Charles has really improved since he first came here," Marco said. "It's exciting to see all of his hard work paying off."
Also moving up from the second team was Danilo, who had a goal and a career-high three assists this season. He was the vital link between Munro and the defense and Darkwah and the attack.
"Danilo is our engine," Marco said. "It's great that other coaches have taken notice of how valuable he has been to our team."
Chavez made the most of his first season with three goals and six assists. He tied for third on the team with 12 total points and was named the America East Rookie of the Week on Sept. 20.
"Adam is certainly in the upper echelon of rookies in the conference," Marco said. "Now that he has tasted some success, it will help him move up to the first or second team in future years."
The Bearcats were the only team to place three players on the first team as well as the only team with two major award winners.
Binghamton (10-2-7) is the defending America East Conference champion and will go on the road to face Albany on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in an America East semifinal match. The Bearcats were ranked No. 23 in the most recent NSCAA/adidas Top 25 poll, which was released Nov. 2.
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