SIX TIGERS NAMED TO ALL-WCC TEAMS
The Tigers finished up their season last weekend and after their best WCC finish since 2018 the conference has recognized the Tigers for their success during the season.
Erik Centeno led the way for the Tigers, being named the WCC Freshman of the Year, while also being named the All-WCC first team and All-WCC Freshman team. The first-year player led the Tigers in points and was tied for the team lead in goals while tied for second in assists. Centeno was also named the WCC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after his two goal, one assist game in a win over San Francisco.
What a first year for Centeno!” Said Head Coach Adam Reeves, “He was recruited as a right back, but from our first scrimmage against UCSB it was evident how dynamic he is going forward. As the season went on, he was able to get more comfortable in the method and find different spots on the field to be dangerous which led to individual and team success. He has a bright bright future.”
Two other Tigers were also named to the All-WCC First team, Ryan Her and Yazid Omri were offensive forces for the Tigers, with Her tied for the team lead in goals with Centeno and second in points. Omri was third on the team with 12 points and led the team in shots on goal. Her was a two-time WCC Offensive Player of the Week including last week, after scoring a goal and having two assists in a 3-1 win over Gonzaga.
“For Ryan, Yazid, and Mo they have had to compete with each other every day in training for playing time, but also build relationships and an understanding of one another to be successful come game time,” said Head Coach Reeves. “The competitiveness in training has obviously produced results on the weekend. I am happy for each of them, as they have worked extremely hard together to be very good in their roles.”
On the All-WCC Second team was senior Charles Brewah. Brewah has been a four-year starter for the Tigers, starting in 60 games and playing in 73 games during his career, as a leader on the back line, Brewah was second on the team in minutes played.
“I am very happy for CJ as I have felt he has been an underrated center back within our conference. If the postseason awards were evenly split positionally, he surely would have been a first team honoree.” – Head Coach Reeves
Eric Cotton and Mamoru Kamisasanuki were both named All-WCC Honorable Mentions. Cotton started all but one game for the Tigers in goal and made 57 saves over the course of the season which was third in the WCC. Cotton also was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Week after his shutout against Loyola Marymount. Kamisasanuki was tied for second on the team in assists with five and was fifth on the team with seven points. For both players this was their first time on the Honorable Mention list.
“Eric was about as consistent as you can ask for us in goal this year,” said Head Coach Reeves. “Again, I feel the depth in that position really pushed him to be the best he can be. I look forward to watching him continue to develop over the coming months. Coach Lanoye deserves much of the credit as well for his investment and development of each of our four goalkeepers.”
“We, as a staff, are proud of all of our individual accomplishments and they are well deserved. At the end of the day, these awards are the result of the success the team had throughout the conference season.”