Nov. 10, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Four Boston College men's soccer players - juniors Kyle Bekker and Charlie Rugg, sophomore Chris Ager and freshman Diego Medina-Mendez - have earned 2011 All-ACC accolades, announced Thursday by the conference office.
Bekker and Rugg were both named to the first team while Ager was a second-team honoree. Medina-Mendez was placed on the All-Freshman team.
Rugg becomes the second Boston College player to earn consecutive nods to the conference's first team. Alejandro Bedoya was the first to do it in 2007 and 2008. Bekker was an All-ACC second-team selection last season while he, Rugg and Ager are all former All-Freshman selections.
Bekker leads the Eagles with six assists and is second on the squad with seven goals, 20 points and four game-winning goals. The Oakville, Ontario, product ranks fifth in the ACC in goals, ninth in points and 10th in goals scored. Bekker also has four multiple-point games this year which is third in the conference. He has been a mainstay in the midfield the last three seasons, starting 59 games with 15 goals and 17 assists. Bekker ranks eighth all-time at Boston College in career assists and 11th in points.
Rugg currently leads the Eagles with eight goals, 21 points and five game-winners and is second with five assists. He ranks second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in game-winners, seventh in goals, eighth in points and 10th in assists. Two of his game-winners came in ACC action and both were overtime clinchers, while the other came in the victory against Maryland in the ACC quarterfinals. The Roslindale, Mass., resident has also started 59 games with 23 goals and 14 points. He ranks fifth all-time at BC in career points and sixth in goals.
Ager has started 16 games this season as a central defender and has 31 starts the last two years. He has anchored the Eagle defense that ranks second in the ACC in shutouts (7) and third in goals allowed (21). The Gjettum, Norway, product recorded the first goal and assist of his career in a 4-3 overtime win against Virginia Tech September 16 and is serving his second year as a captain.
Medina-Mendez has started 14 games as a freshman and has appeared in all 18 contests. He ranks second on the team with seven goals and third with 15 points and a pair of game-winners. The Lindsay, Calif., resident was especially productive in conference matches with a team-best four goals which ranked fifth in the ACC. He is the only freshman to start a game for Boston College this year.
The seventh-seeded Eagles upended second-seeded Maryland Tuesday night and is now preparing for third-seeded Duke. The two sides square off Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The game will be aired live on ESPN3.
Boston College is the only team in the ACC to reach the semifinals of the conference championship in each of the last five seasons.