GW Men's Soccer's Coach Lidster and Berhanu Headline End-of-Year Atlantic 10 Awards
Nov. 9, 2011
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - George Lidster was named the 2011 Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Coach of the Year and senior Yoni Berhanu was chosen the A-10's Midfielder of the Year, the conference announced on Wednesday, after the pair helped guide George Washington to a share of its first regular-season league title since 1992.
The high-scoring tandem of Berhanu, whose 10 goals led the conference, and junior Seth Rudolph were both named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team after combining for a league-high tying 18 goals during the regular season.
In his final season as head coach, Coach Lidster engineered a remarkable turnaround as the Colonials overcame their No. 13 ranking in the 14-team preseason A-10 coaches poll to tie for first in the league standings with Fordham at 7-2-0 and 21 points in conference play. It marks Coach Lidster's third A-10 Coach of the Year award following his outright selection in 1989 and shared award in 1992.
Berhanu caps his sterling four-year career with the Buff and Blue with his second major A-10 award after being named the conference's Rookie of the Year in 2008. His 10 goals and 23 points this season pace GW and are a single-season career high, while his two game-winning goals - against St. Bonaventure and Duquesne in the final matches of the regular season - helped the Colonials secure a berth and bye in the upcoming A-10 Championship.
Rudolph served as the other half of GW's potent offensive duo with eight goals and 19 points, totals that rank in the top 4 in the A-10. His five game-winning goals are tops in the league entering the conference tourney. The end-of-season award is the third in as many seasons for Rudolph, who was previously an All-Rookie Team pick as a freshman and Second Team All-Atlantic 10 choice as a sophomore.
Berhanu and Rudolph become the 23rd and 24th student-athletes to earn First Team All-Atlantic 10 accolades during Coach Lidster's 24-year tenure.
Burke, a wing back with a penchant for joining the attack, earns his first career A-10 award after logging more than 1,300 minutes this fall, the most of any Colonials defender. He was a consistent presence along a back four that posted seven shutouts this season and even netted a goal in a 3-0 road victory at Rhode Island. Burke is the 14th Colonials' player to earn Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors.
Scott backed up his heralded recruit status by earning All-Rookie Team honors, the 11th such player to earn the award during Coach Lidster's tenure. The Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, native logged better than 900 minutes over 11 matches through an impressive debut regular season.
GW (9-6-2) is the No. 2 seed for this weekend's A-10 Championship at Saint Louis University's Robert R. Hermann Stadium. The Colonials will begin their quest for a third league tourney title and seventh NCAA Tournament appearance on Friday at 8:30 p.m. EST against the highest remaining seeded team after Thursday's quarterfinal action.
2011 ATLANTIC 10 MEN'S SOCCER ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS