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Lorne Bickley Named D2CCA Men’s Soccer All-East Region Player of the Year, as Four Other Wildcats Earn All-East Honors

Lorne Bickley Named D2CCA Men’s Soccer All-East Region Player of the Year, as Four Other Wildcats Earn All-East Honors

FLUSHING, N.Y. – Junior forward Lorne Bickley added to his accolades this season as the Wilmington University men's soccer player was named the 2019 Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) East Region Player of the Year, as four other Wildcats earned a spot on the All-East Region teams, as voted on the region's sports information directors.

Along with Bickley to receive D2CCA All-East Region First Team, is senior defenseman Joe Bell and junior midfielder Shawn Genus. Wilmington was rounded out by the All-East Region selections with goalkeeper Gabriel Prgomet and forward Abdul Mansaray, who earned D2CCA All-East Second Team.

All five men have helped the Wildcats to a 17-2-1 record heading into the Super Regional 1 Tournament. The five honorees ties Wilmington's record for the most All-East Region honorees in a season, as there were five honorees in 2009. Wilmington led the D2CCA selections with five honorees, as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference posted 11 players altogether, which was the most by any East Region conference.

Lorne Bickley (St. Helier, Jersey/De La Salle College) adds to his record-breaking season, becoming the second player in program history to be named D2CCA Player of the Year. Wilmington's assistant coach, Anthony Allison was the first player to receive the award back in 2009. The junior forward has been an attacking threat for the Wildcats all season, as he leads all NCAA Division II in goals (26), goals per game (1.30), points (55), and points per game (2.70). He also broke Wilmington's program records of goals in a season, points in a season, and goals per game in a season. He has a game-high of four goals scored against Felician on September 21, while scoring at least one goal in eight consecutive matches.

Senior defenseman Joe Bell also adds to his award winning season, earning D2CCA First Team. Bell (Epsom, England/Blenheim) earned CACC Defensive Player of the Year this season, as well scoring eight goals and dishing out two assists for 18 points. Bell has been an important part of the Wildcats back line, helping WilmU to a 1.09 goals against average. In all 20 games, Bell has had four game winning goals this year, including in the 56th minute against Sothern New Hampshire on September 18, where the Wildcats defeated the Penmen, 2-1.

Junior midfielder Shawn Genus (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica/St. Elizabeth Technical) earned the D2CCA First Team honors in his first year as a Wildcat. Genus is third on the team with 11 goals, while leading the team and sitting third in the country and second in the league with 12 assists. He also has recorded 34 points so far this year, sitting fifth in the CACC and is 1-1 in penalty kicks. Genus has had three games with at least two assists.

Sophomore Gabriel Prgomet (Melbourne, Australia/Westall Secondary College) earned D2CCA All-East Second Team as a goalkeeper. Prgomet has made 52 saves in the net so far this season, while putting up a 1.09 goals against average and a .703 save percentage. He is currently ranked second in the CACC in goals-against average and fourth in the conference in saves. He made a season-high seven saves against Georgian Court in the CACC quarterfinals.

Abdul Mansaray (London, England/William Ellis) rounds out the All-East Region honorees for Wilmington, earing D2CCA Second Team. Mansaray is second on the team and tied for sixth in all NCAA Division II with 17 goals, while being one of three in the top five in the CACC in assists with eight. The senior forward also ranks third in the country in points with 42, while also sitting third in the CACC. He as attempted 69 shots on the year, sitting third overall in the conference for a .594 shot on goal percentage. Mansaray has had five game this season with at least two goals, while scoring at least one goal in five consecutive contests.

The First Team members now advance to the national ballot as potential All-America honorees. Bickley will also move on to the National Player of the Year voting, in which he will be judged against the seven other Regional Players of the Year across the D2CCA landscape.

The Wildcats will head to Rindge, New Hampshire on Saturday for the Super Region 1 Tournament, where they will take on No. 4 Franklin Pierce at 6:00 p.m.


2019 Division II Conference Commissioner's Men's Soccer All-East Region Teams:

First Team:

Pos.               Name                                                    School                                                 Yr.          Hometown

GK                  Carlos Tofern                                     Bridgeport                                          So.          Hamburg, Germany                       

D                     Joe Bell                                               Wilmington (Del.)                           Sr.           Epsom, England

D                     Allesandro Corti (2018-1)               Adelphi                                                Sr.           Milan, Italy

D                     Carlos Ferrando Felis                      Franklin Pierce                                  Sr.           Tavernes de la Valldigna, Spain

D                     Marlon Montanella                          Bridgeport                                          Sr.           Cannes, France

D                     Gaston Rozenblum (2018-1)          Mercy                                                   Sr.           Buenos Aires, Argentina

M                    Shawn Genus                                    Wilmington (Del.)                             Jr.           St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

M                    Charlie Livesey                                  Jefferson                                             Sr.           Sandbach, United Kingdom

M                    Robert Rohrhirsch                            Le Moyne                                            Jr.           Garching bei Munchen, Germany

M                    Sinisa Sprecakovic                            Southern New Hampshire             Fr.           Mannheim, Germany

F                      Lorne Bickley (2016-2)                   Wilmington (Del.)                            Jr.           St. Helier, Jersey

F                      Sergio Diaz (2017-2, 2018-1)        Post (Conn.)                                       Jr.           Madrid, Spain

F                      Paolo Marciano (2018-2)               Adelphi                                                So.          Capaccio, Italy

F                      Dylan Ruiz                                           Roberts Wesleyan                           So.          Mexico City, Mexico


Second Team:

Pos.               Name                                                    School                                                 Yr.          Hometown

GK                  Gabriel Prgomet                              Wilmington (Del.)                              So.          Melbourne, Australia   

D                     Aaron Denk-Garcia                          Mercy                                                   So.          Mannheim, Germany

D                     Ethan Maguire                                  Goldey-Beacom                                 Jr.           Sydney, Australia

D                     Jannik Mohr                                       Southern New Hampshire              Jr.           Koblenz, Germany

D                     Keegan Nutt                                       Stonehill                                              Sr.           Easton, Mass.

M                    Maximino Casares Martinez           Dominican (N.Y.)                              So.          Ciudad de Panama, Panama

M                    Oscar Facey                                        Bridgeport                                          So.          Transgund, Sweden       

M                    Niklas Laudahn                                  Franklin Pierce                                  Sr.           Olfen, Germany

M                    Stephen Megaloudis                         Adelphi                                                Sr.           Bayville, N.Y.

F                      Leandro Avila                                     Bridgeport                                          Sr.           Panama City, Panama

F                      Abdul Mansaray                               Wilmington (Del.)                             Sr.           London, England

F                      Alvaro Sanchez                                 Post (Conn.)                                       Jr.           Madrid, Spain

F                      Nemanja Zivanovic                          Concordia (N.Y.)                                Jr.           Belgrade, Serbia


East Region Player of the Year: Lorne Bickley, Wilmington University

( ) indicates previous D2CCA All-East Region selections - Season-Team (1 = 1st Team, 2 = 2nd Team)