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December 12, 2013

NSCAA All-Region Selections Announced

NSCAA All-Northeast Region selections

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Cornell's Patrick Slogic, Penn's Duke Lacroix, Columbia's David Najem and Dartmouth's Colin Skelly were among those honored this week when the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced their all-region selection. 

Slogic earned first-team honors on defense, while Najem and Lacroix earned second-team honors. Skelly was a third-team selection. As a first-team selection, Slogic is eligible for the All-American squad that will be announced in the coming days. 

Slogic, a six-foot-six defender from Colorado Springs, Colo., finished his illustrious career with the Big Red as the program's leader in minutes played with 5,894, including 5,123 consecutive minutes played dating back to October 2010. He tallied eight goals and six assists for 22 points with four career game-winning goals during his tenure on East Hill.

He again anchored the Big Red's back line in 2013, helping the team post a program record goals against average of 0.60 for the season, while also serving as one of three captains.

Slogic earned the Ivy League's first-ever Defensive Player of the Year award as well as first-team All-Ivy honors this season. Prior to the season, he was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy's watch list and was also selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.

Lacroix, a native of New Egypt, N.J., became Penn’s first All-Region selection since 2011. The Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Ivy choice at forward, Lacroix was second among Ivy players in both goals (8) and points (19) as he posted career highs in both categories.

Through three seasons with the Quakers, Lacroix has posted 18 goals and nine assists for 45 points. He has been named All-Ivy each of his three seasons, earning honorable mention accolades in 2011 and second-team All-Ivy honors in 2012. In 2011, Lacroix was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

Najem, a Clifton, N.J. native, led a rejuvenated Columbia offense this season, setting career-highs in goals, assists and points. His five goals equaled his total from his previous three season combined, while his six helpers and 16 points were one more than his combined totals through his first three seasons in a Lions uniform.

Skelly, a Wrightstown, Pa. product, was the only player to start all 17 games and was a big part of the defensive unit that allowed 1.11 goals against this season. Throughout his career, Skelly was a mainstay in the Dartmouth starting lineup, taking the pitch in 69 games with 67 starts. A member of the All-Ivy League Honorable Mention performer last year, Skelly was used primarily to defend the opposition's top striker. He has been invited to participate in the NEISL All-Star Game on Dec. 1 at Harvard.