December 13, 2007

Guzinski Elected 2008 Captain

Dec. 13, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Alex Guzinski, who earned second team All-Ivy honors this fall, has been elected captain of the 2008 Yale men's soccer team. The announcement was made following a team vote at the team's annual post season banquet on Dec. 11.

"I'm delighted that Alex has been elected as our 2008 captain," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "I view leadership within Yale soccer to be a representation of high standards of positive influence, example and respect. Alex is outstanding in all three, and I am confident that he will lead our team with great distinction in the year ahead."

Guzinski, a three-year starter, was one of only two players to start all 17 games this year. He helped anchor a defense that allowed just 22 goals and posted five shutouts. His only goal was the game-winner in Yale's 1-0 victory over Army.

"It is an honor to be chosen by my teammates to carry on the rich tradition of the Yale soccer captaincy," said Guzinski, a Palo Alto, Calif., native. "I hope to build on last season's successes and lead the team to an Ivy League championship next year. With so much talent returning, I am excited for the upcoming season."

In addition to being elected captain, Guzinski was the recipient of the Walter J. McNerney Trophy as Yale's most valuable player.

Four other players were honored at the banquet. Erik Geiger, the 2007 captain, was presented with the Walter Leeman Trophy for senior leadership. Geiger earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition as a goalkeeper. He started 15 games and posted a 1.20 goals against average with a .793 save percentage. After making 12 saves in a scoreless tie with sixth-ranked Boston College, he was named the Ivy League Player of the Week.

The Jack Marshall Award for dedication went to senior Matt Perille, who joined the team in the spring of 2005. He impressed Tompkins with his hard work to earn a spot on the roster and has provided the Bulldogs with depth on defense.

Junior Frank Piasta was the recipient of the Frank Dunne Award as the most improved player on the team. After appearing in only four games in his first two years, Piasta started all 17 matches this fall and helped anchor the Yale defense.

The Bob Holliday Award as the team's "unsung hero" was presented to senior James Craig. Craig started a career-high seven games this year and helped provide the team with outstanding leadership. He tallied his first career assist in the tie with Central Connecticut.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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