MACON, Ga. - Three members of Stetson's men's soccer team were honored by the Atlantic Sun Conference on Tuesday afternoon. Seniors Jonathan Mendoza, Luis Ocejo, and Kai Eckenrode all earned postseason accolades from the league for their performances during the 2012-13 campaign.
Mendoza earned First Team All-Atlantic Sun Conference honors for the third straight season. An NSCAA Third Team All-American last year, the Stetson midfielder scored one goal and tallied a team-high three assists for a total of five points in 2012-13. Mendoza finished his career with 22 assists, the second most in Stetson history.
"It was a very well deserved award," Head Coach T. Logan Fleck said. "He fought courageously through injury throughout the year, and showed why he has a very good future in front of him. He overcame every challenge in front of him, and anyone with a lesser attitude would have probably let it defeat him, but Jonny came and played his heart out in every single match over the last four years."
Ocejo was named All-Atlantic Sun for the second season in a row, earning Second Team honors as a senior. The anchor of the Stetson defense, he has also earned NSCAA All-Region and Scholar All-American honors in the past. This season Ocejo has added second straight Capital One Academic All-District accolades after scoring one goal out of the back in 2012-13.
"What a great example of someone who provides excellence in the classroom and on the field," Fleck said of Ocejo. "He has a championship to his credit during his time at Stetson, and has shown great leadership for the program. The honor is well deserved, and we will miss him very much."
Eckenrode led the Hatters in scoring during his final season at Stetson, scoring five goals and adding one assist for 11 points en route to Second Team All-Atlantic Sun honors. His three goals in a win over North Florida marked the first hat trick of his career, and the only one in the A-Sun this season. Eckenrode finished his career with 14 goals and 12 assists for a total of 40 points.
"Kai has done so much for us in the classroom and on the field," Fleck continued. "A technical wizard, who shows you how the game can be played at a very high level, Kai scored some very important goals for Stetson. He will be missed by this team."
In addition to their all-conference nods, Ocejo and Eckenrode were also members of the Atlantic Sun Conference Men's Soccer All-Academic Team, which recognizes student-athletes who excelled both on and off the field during the 2012-13 season. Only 11 players in the league earned this recognition, and Ocejo was one of only four unanimous selections.