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Paul Wyatt was named to the prestigious NSCAA All-America Second Team.Courtesy: JMUSports.com
Men's Soccer's Wyatt All-America, Three Dukes All-Region
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:12/12/2011
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HARRISONBURG, Va., Dec. 12, 2011 - James Madison soccer player Paul Wyatt (Modbury, England/Ivybridge) has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America Second Team, and three JMU soccer players have earned NSCAA All-Region recognition.

Wyatt, a junior midfielder, is only the sixth player in JMU men's soccer history to earn NSCAA All-America recognition.  He's the first to be honored by the NSCAA since Patrick McSorley was named to the NSCAA All-America Third Team in 1995.

The 35 All-America athletes will be recognized at the annual All-America Luncheon, to be held in the Kansas City (Mo.) Convention Center's Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 14, in conjunction with the 2012 NSCAA Convention.

Wyatt and teammates Patrick Innes (Chester, Va./Thomas Dale) and Justin Epperson (Herndon, Va./Oakton) were also named to the NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region Team.  Wyatt earned First-Team honors, Innes was selected to the Second Team, and Epperson was a Third-Team selection. 

The three helped the Dukes to first place in the Colonial Athletic Association regular-season standings, a number 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a 13-5-2 record.  JMU advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAAs.

"We moved Paul from his normal position at forward to midfield because it's what suited us," said JMU Head Coach Tom Martin.  "We figured his leadership abilities and work rate would help us more in that role, and it couldn't have been more true."

The all-region recognition for the three JMU players was "a reflection on two things," said Martin.  "All three of these players did well as individuals but (their selection) reflects on their team's success.  It's also a reflection on the conference, which was well represented on the all-region team."

Nearly half of the all-region selections (16 of 33) were players from CAA teams.

Wyatt ranked second on the JMU team in goals (6) and points (15) and tied for second in assists (3).

Innes, a senior forward, was the team leader in goals (13) and points (29), and his season goals total tied for the fourth-highest in JMU history.  He ranked among the NCAA leaders in goals average (17th, 0.68) and points average (tied 16th, 1.53) and was second in the CAA in both categories.

Epperson, a redshirt senior goalkeeper in his first season as a full-time starter for the Dukes, played all of the team's 1849:24 minutes in goal.  He led CAA players with nine shutouts, and his nine season shutouts ranks fourth-best all-time at JMU.  (The school record is 11, by Josh Kovolenko in 2000, and Alan Mayer in 1972; third-best is 10 by Chris North in 1988.)

2011 NSCAA/Continental Tire I All-America Team
*indicates repeat selection

Pos., Player, Class, School, Hometown
First Team
G, Brian Holt, Sr., Creighton, Omaha, Neb.
D, Chris Estridge, Sr., Indiana, Indianapolis, Ind.
D, Matthew Hedges, Sr., North Carolina, Carmel, Ind.
D, Charles Rodriguez, Sr., Charlotte, Franklin, Tenn.
M, Miguel Ibarra, Sr., UC Irvine, Lancaster, Calif.
M, Enzo Martinez*, Jr., North Carolina, Rock Hill, S.C.
M, Luis Silva, Sr., California Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Calif.
F, Ashton Bennett, Jr., Coastal Carolina, Claredon, Jamaica
F, Ethan Finlay*, Sr., Creighton, Marshfield, Wis.
F, Billy Schuler, Jr., North Carolina, Allentown, N.J.
F, Andrew Wenger*, Jr., Duke, Lititz, Pa.

Second Team
G, Brian Rowe, Sr., UCLA, Eugene, Ore.
D, RJ Allen*, Sr., Monmouth, Old Bridge, N.J.
D, Andrew Duran, Sr., Creighton, Mokena, Ill.
D, Kyle Venter, Jr., New Mexico, Aurora, Colo.
M, Carlos Alvarez, Jr., Connecticut, Los Angeles, Calif.
M, Greg Jordan, Sr., Creighton, Naperville, Ill.
M, Lance Rozeboom, Sr., New Mexico, Walker, Iowa
M, Paul Wyatt, Jr., James Madison, Modbury, England
F, Dom Dwyer, Jr., South Florida, London, England
F, Evans Frimpong, Sr., Delaware, Accra, Ghana
F, Darren Mattocks, So., Akron, Portmore, Jamaica
F, Casey Townsend, Sr., Maryland, Traverse City, Mich.

Third Team
G, Andre Blake, Fr., Connecticut, May Pen, Jamaica
D, Austin Berry, Sr., Louisville, Cincinnati, Ohio
D, Eric Schoenle, Jr., West Virginia, Yardley, Pa.
D, Walker Zimmerman, Fr., Furman, Lawrenceville, Ga.
M, Scott Caldwell, Jr., Akron, Braintree, Mass.
M, Jonathan Mendoza, Jr., Stetson, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
M, Pedro Ribeiro, So., Coastal Carolina, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
M, John Stertzer, Jr., Maryland, Oakton, Va.
F, Chandler Hoffman, Jr., UCLA, Birmingham, Ala.
F, Mark Sherrod, So., Memphis, Knoxville, Tenn.
F, Yannick Smith, Jr., Old Dominion, Hillsborough, N.J.
F, Gyasi Zardes, So., Cal State Bakerfield, Hawthorne, Calif.

2011 NSCAA All-South Atlantic Team
Pos., Player, Class, School, Hometown
First Team
G, Victor Francoz, Jr., Old Dominion, Fleurieu Sur Saone, France
D, Shaun Foster, So., Hofstra, Southport, England
D, Cyprian Hedrick, Sr., Coastal Carolina, Friendswood, Texas
D, Taylor Kemp, Jr., Maryland, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
M, Pedro Ribeiro, So., Coastal Carolina, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
M, John Stertzer, Jr., Maryland, Oakton, Va.
M, Paul Wyatt, Jr., James Madison, Modbury, England
F, Ashton Bennett, Jr., Coastal Carolina, Claredon, Jamaica
F, Evans Frimpong, Sr., Delaware, Accra, Ghana
F, Yannick Smith, Jr., Old Dominion, Hillsborough, N.J.
F, Casey Townsend, Sr., Maryland, Traverse City, Mich.

Second Team
G, Scott Angevine, Sr., Coastal Carolina, Kansas City, Kan.
D, Hunter Jumper, Sr., Virginia, Plano, Texas
D, Juan Monge Solano, Fr., Virginia Commonwealth, San Jose, Costa Rica
D, London Woodberry, Jr., Maryland, McKinney, Texas
M, Gideon Asante, So., Old Dominion, Sunyani, Ghana
M, Philip Aseweh, Sr., Liberty, Navrongo, Ghana
M, Dante Marini, So., Northeastern, Chadd's Ford, Pa.
F, Will Bates, Jr., Virginia, Chester, Va.
F, Roberto Gimenez, So., Delaware, Calle Calatrava, Spsin
F, Tim Hopkinson, So., Old Dominion, Nottingham, England
F, Patrick Innes, Sr., James Madison, Chester, Va.

Third Team
G, Justin Epperson, Sr., James Madison, Herndon, Va.
D, Uriah Bentick, Jr., Liberty, Port of Spain, Trinidad
D, Christopher Locandro, So., Georgia State, Kennesaw, Ga.
D, Darren O'Connor, Sr., Delaware, Cork, Ireland
M, Nicolas Abrigo, Sr., William & Mary, South Riding, Va.
M, Kyle Bekker, Jr., Boston College, Oakville, Ont.
M, Mitchell Cardenas, Jr., Campbell, Mexico City,, Mexico
F, Iyiola Awosika, Sr., Radford, London, England
F, Karo Okiomah, Sr., High Point, Austin, Texas
F, Jason Johnson, So., Virginia Commonwealth, Saint Anne, Jamaica
F, Brian Ownby, Sr., Virginia, Glen Allen, Va.

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