Dec. 11, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior Jordan Raybould, one of only three players to start all 17 games this fall, has been elected captain of the 2009 Yale men's soccer team. The announcement was made on Wednesday night at the annual postseason banquet following a team vote.
Raybould, a defender from Kansas City, Mo., tied for second on the team in assists with three and tied for fifth in points with five. His only goal of the season was the game-winner in Yale's victory over Maine. As a sophomore, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after notching three points, all in Ivy games. As a freshman, he was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal against Princeton.
"I am very honored to be recognized by my peers and am excited to represent Yale and Yale men's soccer to the best of my abilities," Raybould said. "I hope to bring my passion, work ethic and ability to lead by example to this role. With a great core of players returning for next season, I want to continue our ascendancy in the Ivy League. We made great strides in competitive spirit and performance over the course of last season, and I aim to cultivate those characteristics within our squad this off-season and into next year."
Raybould is the second member of his family to serve as captain of the Bulldogs. His older brother, Ryan, had the role for the 2004 season.
"I am delighted to welcome Jordan as our new team captain and am especially pleased that he will have the chance to continue the Raybould family legacy of leadership in the Yale soccer program," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "He brings tremendous energy, commitment and passion. His willingness to lead by example will command a high level of respect from his teammates on and off the field."
Five other team awards were presented at the banquet. Senior Markus Jackson was the recipient of the Walter J. McNerney Award as most valuable player. Jackson, an Augusta, Ga., native, earned second team All-Ivy recognition. He appeared in all 17 games and was a key part of a defense that posted seven shutouts and yielded only 17 goals.
The Walter Leeman Trophy was presented to Alex Guzinski, a Palo Alto, Calif., native who earned second team All-Ivy honors for the second straight year. It is awarded to the senior member of the varsity team who, by sportsmanship and team play, upholds the ideals of Walter Leeman. Guzinski, the 2008 team captain, started all 17 games and had four points (1 goal, 2 assists).
Senior Tyler Guse (Madison, WI), who was limited to eight games because of injury, received both the Jack Marshall Award and the Bob "Doc" Holliday Award. The Marshall Award is presented by the Yale Soccer Association to the member of the team who demonstrates the qualities of team spirit, loyalty to his fellow players and dedication to the game. The Holliday "Unsung Hero" Award is given to the squad member who regardless of playing opportunity or personal recognition consistently demonstrated a selfless commitment, a positive attitude and contributed to team spirit in ways that improved the well-being of the Yale soccer program.
Justin Song, a San Francisco, Calif., native, was the recipient of the Frank Dunne Award as the team's most improved player. Song appeared in 15 games, including making nine starts, this fall after playing in nine games in 2007.
The Bulldogs finished with a 7-7-3 overall record and a 3-3-1 Ivy mark.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity