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Four Saxons earn Empire 8 men’s soccer all-conference honors
11/02/11

ALFRED, NY - Four members of the Alfred University men’s soccer team have been awarded all-conference recognition from the Empire 8, including junior forward Frankie Mannino (Elmira, NY/Elmira Free Academy), who was named a conference all-star for a third straight year.

The Empire 8 announced its all-star teams Wednesday and Mannino, sophomore forward Jeff Thomas (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua) and freshman defender Connor Petrauskas (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon) were named to the Second Team. Junior midfielder Tony Gai (Burke, VA/Lake Braddock) was given honorable mention.

Mannino, who was a Second Team all-conference pick as a freshman in 2009 and an honorable mention selection last season, led the Saxons in goals (12) and added three assists to give him a team-best 27 points. Thomas had 18 points on seven goals (three of them game winners) and a team-high four assists. Petrauskas, who as a freshman started 14 games on defense, scored one goal. Gai netted 11 points on four goals and three assists.

Each season, the Empire 8 honors students-athletes from each conference school, who play on teams sponsored by the conference, with Sportsperson of the Year awards. Honorees, chosen by their coaches, exhibited outstanding sportsmanship in keeping with the conference’s mission of "competing with honor and integrity." Sophomore midfielder Sam Miller (Kinsman, OH/Badger) is Alfred’s honoree from the men’s soccer team.

Alfred finished the 2011 season with a 7-8-2 record (1-5-0 Empire 8).