Dec. 17, 2010
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena sophomore striker and MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Emery Welshman and senior midfielder and All-MAAC Second Team selection Steve Covino have been named to the 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-North Atlantic Region Team. Welshman was a First Team honoree, while Covino was selected to the Third Team.
"We are delighted for Emery and Steve's All-Region selections," said head coach Gareth Elliott. "It is a great honor for them individually but also for our program as a whole."
Welshman was one of four forwards selected to the First Team. After being named MAAC Rookie of the Year as a freshman, the sophomore striker had an even more impressive season in 2010. The Mississauga, Ontario native led the MAAC in both goals (13) and points (29) despite missing three games due to injury. He finished the season ranking fourth nationally in goals per game and seventh in points per game and halfway through his Siena career already ranks sixth all-time in both goals (19) and points (44).
"Emery proved over the course of the season that he was the best player in our league and certainly one of the best in the region," noted Elliott. "With further training, we see him doing bigger things for team and as a result gaining more individual notoriety such as All-American and Hermann Award attention."
Covino meanwhile saved his best for last as he had a senior season to remember. Covino, who hails from Bristol, Conn. posted career-highs in every major offensive category, finishing with eight goals and ranked second to Welshman on the team with 20 points which was the ninth highest total in the MAAC.
"For Steve to score eight goals from center midfield is a tremendous accomplishment, worthy of his third team selection," Elliott commented. "He is one of those rare central players who can combine fitness, technique, passing range and goal scoring from the position. We are looking forward to seeing Steve progress to the next level of his soccer career and land in the professional ranks."
Welshman and Covino led a Siena squad that posted its second highest win total in program history as the Saints finished 2010 with a 10-8-1 overall record and finished second in the MAAC with a program record-tying 7-2 conference ledger.