Liam Welsh Earns First Team All-MAAC Honors

Nov. 16, 2007

Loudonville, N.Y. - Siena men's soccer senior co-captain Liam Welsh was named to the 2007 First Team All-MAAC announced in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. at the league's annual postseason awards banquet. Senior midfielder Jason Laffin and freshman goalkeeper Steve Skonieczny were selected to the Second Team.

Welsh, a second year team captain, started all 20 games for the Saints in the back. His superb play helped anchor the Saints defensive efforts leading the team to four shutouts this season. Welsh has been a solid contributor over his four years with the program. At the conclusion of his freshman season, he was tabbed MAAC Rookie of the Year. Last season, he was named to the Second Team All-MAAC for his efforts playing the midfield. Welsh was also a finalist for the 2007 NCAA Sportsmanship Award.

Laffin started all 19 appearances at the midfield and tied for a team-high 11 points. He also posted a team-high seven assists which currently ranks second in the conference.

Skonieczny joins Laffin on the Second Team following an impressive freshman debut. He started 18 contests this season posting 1.50 goals against average. Skonieczny's three shutouts currently ties for fourth overall in the MAAC.

Freshmen Daniel Aucar and Joe Tavernese also joined Skonieczny on the 2007 All-Rookie Team. Aucar started 14 of 16 appearances in the back this season, while Tavernese posted four points over 19 games at the midfield.

Kyle Christiansen (Sr.-Troy, N.Y.-History), Steve Cortes (Jr.-North Babylon, N.Y.-Finance), Zach Gosse (Jr.-Oakdale, N.Y.-Political Science) and Brian Woodfield (Jr.-Clifton Park, N.Y.-Finance) were also named to the All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.