Men's Soccer Hosts Annual Team Awards Banquet
Hagerstown, Md. -
The Hagerstown Community College men's soccer team hosted their annual Team Awards Banquet. The student-athletes received All-MDJUCO, All-Region XX, Team, and Sophomore awards during the evening ceremony.
Sophomore Michael Reyes (Williamsport, Md/Williamsport)was named "Team MVP". Reyes, a first-team Division I NJCAA Region XX and first-team All-MDJUCO recipient was also nominated for NJCAA All-American this season. Reyes was a mainstay in the Hawk midfield for the last two seasons. In 2010 he led the team in points and assists. For his career, Reyes finished with 16 goals, 14 assists for 46 points.
"Michael was called upon to lead the team this year and anchor the midfield," said head coach Brian Eichelberger. "Michael was pivotal in starting our attack and he was extremely reliable, starting and playing in every game this season."
Sophomore Cody Butts (Clear Spring, Md./Heritage Academy) was awarded the "Unsung Hero Award." Butts, a second-team Division I NJCAA Region XX recipient this season anchored the defense from his center back position. He finished his career with one assist for one point. "Cody was a force in the back for us this year," stated Eichelberger. "He is the only player in Hawk history to start and play every second of every game for his two-year career. Cody got us out of a lot of dangerous situations with his speed and defensive capabilities."
Freshman Garrett Hajjar (Frederick, Md./Urbana) was named "Newcomer of the Year." In his first season with the Hawks, he was named first-team Division I NJCAA Region XX and second-team All-MDJUCO. He finished second on the team in points, with 13 goals and two assists for 28 points. Hajjar started the season scoring at least one goal in the first six games. "We were nervous that Garrett would start off slow due to beginning the season with an injury; however, he was an immediate spark to our offense," noted Eichelberger. "He has the versatility to be dangerous both in the midfield with his distribution and at striker with his finishing, so we are very eager to bring Garrett back for his sophomore season."
Sophomore Spencer Leggett (Boonsboro, Md./Broadfording) took home the "Comeback Athlete Award." Leggett was a role player for the Hawks in the 2009 season, where he contributed off the bench; however, in 2010, he earned a starting role in the midfield and dished out three assists. "Spencer's hustle and heart is what separated him from the rest of the team this year," quoted Eichelberger. "He was the catalyst who pushed the other players to do their best and he is very deserving of this award."
Sophomore Andrew Fowkes (Smithsburg, Md/Smithsburg) was selected for the "Hawk Award." This annual award goes to the player who exemplifies desire and dedication to the program. Fowkes, a two-year team captain for the Hawks finished his career with two goals and two assists for six points. "We are really going to miss having Andy's leadership on the team next year," said Eichelberger. "He was an extension of the coaching staff and he truly put the team before himself in every situation. This award is very fitting for Andy and we thank him for all his efforts over the two years."
In addition to Reyes, Butts, Leggett, and Fowkes, the Hawks also say goodbye to sophomores Derek Apple (Martinsburg, Wva./Faith Christian Academy), Brian Kukucka (Monrovia, Md./Urbana), Phil Weller (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg), Edwin Reyes (Williamsport, Md./Williamsport), Roland Wilson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown), CJ Trammell (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), Steve Kopp (Boonsboro, Md./Boonsboro), and Cody Riffle (Berekley Springs, Wva./Berekely Springs). "Two years ago this was the biggest signing class in HCC soccer history," noted Eichelberger. "These sophomores carried on the tradition we've established and each individual player contributed to our recent success. We wish them the best of luck in their futures, because each of these student-athletes have great potential with their talent."