Dina, Ikwuagwu collect Atlantic East Player of the Year awards; Five earn All-Conference

Dina, Ikwuagwu collect Atlantic East Player of the Year awards; Five earn All-Conference

LANCASTER, Pa. – Five Wesley College men's soccer players received All-Atlantic East Conference laurels on Friday.

Senior attacker Chimaobi Ikwuagwu and junior defender Matthew Dina were named the Atlantic East Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year respectively.

One of the most dangerous scorers in the nation, Ikwuagwu also picked up his second first team all-conference award of his career. He ranks 30th in the country and atop of the Atlantic East in goals with 14 this season. That is six more than the next highest contender in the Atlantic East. He also leads the conference with 31 points with the addition of three assists on the year. In the 18 games he's played so far this season, he scored in nine of them.

Coming back from a season-ending injury last season, Dina earned his first career all-conference honor after starting all 19 games for Wesley and was the leader of the backline that averaged the least amount of goals against in the league, only giving up 1.11 goals per game. As a team, Wesley led the Atlantic East with seven shutouts on the season.

Seniors Danny Garza and Nicholas Hood joined Ikwuagwu and Dina on the Atlantic East First Team.

Garza was a complement to Ikwuagwu, Deekai Gbonimy and Darius-David Robinson, leading the Atlantic East in assists (7) and ranked sixth in points (15). He added four goals on the season and played all 19 games.

A stalwart in the Wesley midfield, Hood tallied eight points during the year with three goals and a pair of assists. He was also key in the Wesley defense, pushing the ball upfield to the forwards.

Junior midfielder Luis Cruz was the lone Wesley representative on the All-Atlantic East Second Team. Cruz was key in two crucial Atlantic East wins this season. He scored the game-winning goal with two minutes left in the game against Immaculata on Oct. 17 and the golden goal in overtime in the Atlantic East quarterfinals against Marywood on Oct. 30. He notched two goals and two assists on the year.

Wesley tied with Neumann University with five players of the All-Atlantic East teams.