DiBartolo named CAC Coach of the Year; five Sea Gulls make all-conference

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - Salisbury University men's soccer coach Gerry DiBartolo was named Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year as he led the Sea Gulls to their sixth conference title and seventh NCAA tournament appearance. DiBartolo had five student-athletes named to the all-conference team for the first-time as the CAC released its 2007 all-conference teams.

SU had three first team honorees and two second team selections this season. All five Salisbury players are underclassmen.

Sophomores Kyle Sterling (midfielder) and Justin McGrath (defender) and freshman Mike Napolitano (forward) earned first team honors.

Sterling leads SU in all offensive categories and ranks atop the conference with a 0.75 goals per game average and is tied for first with 15 goals. The Salisbury, Md., native ranks second in the CAC in points (45), points per game (2.05), assists (11), game-winning goals (five), shots (76) and is third in assists and shots per game with 0.55 and 3.80, respectively.

McGrath stared all 20 games for the Sea Gulls and led the team in minutes with 1,231 minutes played. The tenacious defender from Perry Hall, Md., added one assist on the year as well. The Sea Gull defense posted 14 shutouts and is unbeaten at home with an 11-0-1 record. SU led the conference these three defensive categories; shutouts, goals against average (0.54) and goals allowed (11).

Rounding out the first team for Salisbury is true freshman Napolitano, who was the only freshman to make the All-CAC team. The Ellicott City, Md., native is second on the team in points (23) and goals (11) and is first among all freshmen in the CAC in those categories. Napolitano emerged in the CAC tournament where he scored six goals in SU's first two games. He scored a career-high four goals in Salisbury's quarterfinal game against Hood College. Napolitano has started 14-of-20 matches for the Sea Gulls.

The maroon and gold had two juniors make the second team in forward Romaine Bruney and defender Ryan Chacon.

Bruney is a transfer from Herkimer (N.Y.) Community College and started nine-of-20 games for SU. The Ossining, N.Y., native netted five goals and dished out three assists on the year.

Chacon started all 20 matches and logged over 1,100 minutes in the defensive backfield for SU. The Laytonsville, Md., native is tied for second on the team with five assists and is one of the leaders of the top rated conference defense.

DiBartolo led the team to its 15th straight winning season with a 15-4-1 record as he reached a personal milestone on October 20 when he earned his 300th career win at Salisbury. The five-time CAC Coach of the Year sports a 304-149-35 career record in 26 seasons at SU.

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