WOODLAND, Calif. -- Sacramento State men''s soccer received the most all-conference selections in Div. I history (1991-pres.) after six players were named to the teams Tuesday. The six all-conference selections tied Denver for the most in the conference.
Senior forward Sean Luigs was named first team all-conference, junior defender Hjalti Kristjansson and sophomore midfielder Joel Rodriguez were each named second team, and sophomore forward David Fraser, senior defender Jason Gantt and freshman defender Marcos Mercado were named honorable mention.
Luigs, who was also selected to the MPSF all-tournament team, led the Hornets with eight goals, four assists, 20 points, three game-winning goals and three penalty-kick goals in 2001. His numbers place him tied for fourth in goals and tied for fifth in points among the conference''s statistical leaders. Over his career, the Stockton, Calif., native has started 43 of 54 contests while recording 18 goals, eight assists and 42 points. He finishes his Hornet career tied for third in goals (8) and tied for fifth in points (20) in the Sacramento State single-season record book. He also ranks third in goals (18) and fourth in points (42) in the program''s career record book. Luigs was a second team selection in 2000.
Kristjansson earns his second all-conference selection after finishing the season as one of the top defenders in the conference. The Kopavogur, Iceland, native started all 18 contests for the Hornets while recording three goals, two assists and eight points. All three of his goals came from indirect free kicks. In 2000, Kristjansson became the first Hornet to receive first team all-conference honors since 1997.
Rodriguez, a native of Vacaville, Calif., received his first all-conference selection after tying for third on the team with three goals while adding one assist and seven points. In his first season with the program, Rodriguez started in all 18 contests and finished third on the team with 26 shots and 12 shots on goal.
Gantt, a team captain in 2001, started all 18 contests and helped anchor a Hornet defense that allowed only 27 goals on the season. In his Hornet career, Gantt started 47 of 58 contests while also being named to the MPSF all-academic team the past two seasons. The Roseville, Calif., native received all-conference honors for the second-consecutive season after being named second team in 2000.
Fraser earned his first conference honor after finishing second on the team with seven goals, three assists, 17 points and two game-winning goals. The Danville, Calif., native ranks tied for fourth in goals scored in the Sacramento State single-season record book and tied for fifth in the career book with 10 goals.
Mercado was another key element to the Hornet defense in his first season with the program. A native of Sacramento, Mercado started 17 of 18 contests for Sacramento State while also adding one goal on the season.
Sacramento State completed the 2001 season with the most wins and best overall record in conference play (4-1-2) since joining the MPSF in 1992. The Hornets also earned their first regular season conference championship in the Div. I era.