Baca Named Second Team NSCAA All-Far West Region
Junior forward earns second straight regional honor
Dec. 10, 2009
LOS ANGELES -
LMU junior forward Rafael Baca netted his second consecutive placing on the NSCAA All-Far West Teams, earning a Second Team selection as the regional teams were announced Thursday. Baca was a Third Team honoree in 2008 and becomes just the fifth LMU player to earn two All-Region selections in his career.
Baca (Lawndale, Calif.) joins Arturo Torres (2001-02), Andres Murriagui (2001-02), Matt Kovar (2002, 2004), and Bobby Burling (2004, 2006) as the only Lions to be honored twice in the Far West region. This year, he is one of five players to be a repeat selection. A team co-captain, Baca helped lead LMU to a 10-9-2 overall record in 2009, reaching 10 victories for the fifth time in school history and returning to the NCAA postseason for the first time since 2004. He earned his second straight place on the All-West Coast Conference First Team after having led the Lions in 2009 with nine goals and 23 points, both new career-highs. In doing so, he became the first LMU player to earn First Team All-WCC honors in back-to-back seasons since Matt Kovar in 2003 and 2004 and just the third Lion to be a First Team selection twice in his career. He was second in the league in both goals and points while gaining the WCC Player of the Week accolade for September 15-21 and the WCC Player of the Month award for September. He averaged more than a point a game in conference play, scoring four goals with four assists for 12 points in 11 games.
Baca has been racking up the national accolades, as well. Last week, he was selected as a First Team All-American by Goal.com and he was also the only WCC player listed on the ballot for the Hermann Trophy, given annually by the Missouri Athletic Club. He is also one of 38 candidates for the Soccer News Net College Player of the Year award, which can be voted on by fans at http://www.lasoccernews.com/college/mplayerpoll.php.
Based in Kansas City, Kan., the NSCAA is the largest coaches' organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1941, it has grown to include more than 30,000 members who coach both genders at all levels of the sport. In addition to a national rankings program for colleges and high schools, NSCAA offers an extensive recognition program that presents nearly 10,000 individual awards every year. It fulfills its mission of coaching education through a nationwide program of clinics and week-long courses, teaching more than 4,000 soccer coaches each year.
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