UNCW Men’s Soccer lands preseason accolades, picked to finish second in CAA

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Senior forward Colin Bonner (Reservoir H.S./Fulton, Md.) and junior goalkeeper Sean Melvin (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) of the UNCW men’s soccer team have been named as selections on the 2015 Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association Team, according to a vote of the league’s head coaches.

In addition, sophomore defender Brayden Smith (West Forsyth H.S./Clemmons, N.C.) earned honorable mention distinction on the Preseason All-CAA Team.

The UNCW Men's Soccer team opens the season on Friday. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
The UNCW Men’s Soccer team opens the season on Friday. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports

A starter in all 20 matches last year, Bonner was the Seahawks’ second-leading scorer after tallying four goals with four assists. He earned first team All-CAA notice as a junior and was named to the NSCAA All-Midwest Region second team. In three seasons with the Seahawks, Bonner has scored 16 goals with 9 assists while starting 53 of 56 contests.

Meanwhile, Melvin earned Preseason All-CAA accolades after a solid sophomore season. He started 14 contests and posted a 0.95 goals against average after allowing just 14 goals in 1,332 minutes. In addition, he was tied for fifth in the CAA after posting five shutouts despite missing six matches due to an injury. In two years at UNCW, he has recorded seven shutouts with a 1.30 goals against average.

Smith started 14 of 16 contests last year for the Seahawks and earned a spot on the CAA All-Rookie Team. He tallied the first goal of his college career in the Seahawks’ 2-0 victory over Hofstra and also contributed an assists in wins over South Carolina and Duke.

After finishing in a tie for the CAA regular season title last year, the Seahawks were picked to finish second in the conference standings in a vote of the league’s head coaches. Delaware, which reached the CAA Championship and also claimed a piece of the regular season crown a year ago, was selected as the preseason favorite to win the championship.

The Seahawks will open the regular season against High Point University on Friday, August 28 at UNCW Soccer Stadium. Tickets are available by calling the UNCW Ticket Office at 800-808-UNCW or by visiting the Tickets page at UNCWSports.com.

2015 Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Predicted Order of Finish

1. Delaware – 60 points (5 first place votes)
2. UNCW – 50 points (2 first place votes)
3. Hofstra – 44 points
4. James Madison – 41 points (2 first place votes)
T-5. Elon – 39 points
T-5. Northeastern – 39 points
T-7. Drexel – 21 points
T-7. William & Mary – 21 points
9. College of Charleston – 9 points