Monmouth University redshirt senior Colin Stripling and redshirt freshman John Antunes were named to the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s second team while sophomore George Akampeke was named to the All-Rookie team.
“It’s great to see these student-athletes get recognized by the MAAC head coaches,” Monmouth head coach Rob McCourt said. “Colin has been an All-Conference performer his whole career. We are very greatful for his commitment to Monmouth Soccer, and he will be missed. John and George have had outstanding seasons. John hit the ground running in his first full season, and has been top quality throughout. George settled in just in time for the conference portion of our season and showed us his potential. Both players have the talent and mentality to have very special college careers.”
Stripling added to his career MAAC honors, having earned 2013 All-Rookie team, 2015 All-first team and the 2016 All-second team. He led the team with four goal and was second on the team with 10 points. Stripling ended his Monmouth career with 71 games played, 67 starts, 15 goals, nine assists, 39 points, and four game-winning goals.
After being injured in the first game of the season in 2016, Antunes started 17 games in the midfield this season. he scored two goals and added three assists for seven total points, and was third on the team with 24 shots.
Akampeke played in 17 games, starting 13. He brought a strong presence as the Hawks’ holding central midfielder, adding a goal and an assist.
Four Hawks earned MAAC All-Academic Team honors — sophomore back Michael Luke (homeland security), senior goalkeeper Chris Seager (psychology), redshirt senior midfielder Colin Stripling (business finance), and sophomore back Ryan Wells.
To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.
The Hawks (7-9-2, 4-5-1) finished the season on a two-game winning streak, one point shy of a playoff berth.