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Slippery Rock forward earns first-team All-America honors in soccer

| Monday, Dec. 21, 2009

Slippery Rock senior forward Jeremy Deighton has been named a first-team All-American in NCAA Division II by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Slippery Rock junior goalkeeper Greg Blum and junior defender Tom Pool were named to the third team.

"The success from our season on the field has carried over to the postseason in a tremendous way," Slippery Rock coach Matt Thompson said. "We have received a number of outstanding honors that speak directly to the quality of our program. Having three athletes named to All-America honors is an outstanding accomplishment for Slippery Rock, the PSAC, the Atlantic Region and certainly for our program."

Slippery Rock posted a school-record 18-4-1 mark and won its second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship in five years, defeating then-Division II No. 1 Millersville, 2-1. The Rock, ranked No. 13, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Slippery Rock's three representatives were the most among PSAC schools and matched Charleston (W.Va.) for the most honorees among Atlantic Region schools.

Deighton, the PSAC Western Division and Atlantic Region player of the year with a league-leading 49 points, also earned second-team All-America honors by Daktronics, Inc., along with first-team NSCAA and Daktronics all-region and first-team all-PSAC honors.

In Division III, the NSCAA voted Carnegie Mellon senior forward Ricky Griffin among the second-team All-America honorees.

ALL-REGION HONORS

Here is a look at the NCSAA all-region selections from district schools:

In NCAA Division II men, the Slippery Rock tandem of forward Jeremy Deighton, goalkeeper Greg Blum and defender Tom Pool earned first-team honors in the Atlantic Region. California defender Nick Helbig, Wheeling Jesuit defender Hans Moses, Slippery Rock midfielder Toby Bowser, Mercyhurst midfielder Nicholas Thompson, Mercyhurst forward Billy Bolton and California (Pa.) forward Mike Luecke were named to the second team. Seton Hill goalkeeper Jon Deluca, Gannon defender Jonathan Garrick-Whiley, Mercyhurst defender Christoph Hempel, Slippery Rock midfielders Ben Lloyd and Mitch Walters and Gannon forward Dan Howell were third-team selections.

In NCAA Division III men, Penn State-Behrend goalkeeper Dustin Walter, Carnegie Mellon midfielder Ryan Browne and forward Ricky Griffin were first-team all-Great Lakes Region selections. Canregie Mellon forward Pat Lutz was included on the second team, and Penn State-Behrend midfielder Aaron Meehl and Penn State-Altoona forward Joseph DeSteffano were on the third team.

In NCAA Division I women, four Penn State players earned first-team all-Great Lakes honors. They are goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, midfielder Christine Nairn and forward Katie Schoepfer and Danielle Toney. West Virginia midfielder Carolyn Blank was named to the all-Northeast Region first team. Pitt midfielder Liz Carroll and the West Virginia tandem of defender Nicole Maillous and forward Megan Mischler were named to the third team.

In NCAA Division II women, Gannon defender Laura Piazza, California (Pa.) midfielder Samantha Regney and forward Amanda Heister and Indiana (Pa.) forward Sarah Romasco were among all-Atlantic Region first-team selections. IUP goalkeeper Kelly Brennan, California defender Kayla Klimasko, Gannon midfielder Amanda Sharbaugh, IUP forward Heather Robbins and Slippery Rock forward Alison Hindley were named to the second team. Mercyhurst defender Jamie Schroter, Pitt-Johnstown defender Emily Babik, IUP midfielder Paige Virgara and Wheeling Jesuit forward Kara Houston earned third-team honors.

In NCAA Division III women, Allegheny defender Monica Shaffer and Penn State-Altoona forward Emily Reimold were all-Great Lakes Region second-team picks. Penn State-Behrend goalkeeper Kayla Frost and Grove City forward Michelle Peck were named to the third team.

BIG TEN POSTSEASON BASEBALL TO REMAIN IN OHIO

The Big Ten Conference said the site of its annual baseball tournament will remain in Columbus, Ohio, through the 2012 season.

The tournament was held at Huntingdon Park in 2009 and will return there in 2011 and 2012. It will be moved to Ohio State's Bill Davis Stadium in 2010 because of a scheduling conflict.

The 2009 tournament attracted more than 12,000 fans, marking its highest total attendance in a decade. Indiana is the defending champion and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to 2009, the tournament was staged at the site of the league's regular-season champion or the champion from a pre-determined division since its inception in 1981, with the exception of 1993 and 1994, when the tournament was held in Battle Creek, Mich.

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