Nov. 9, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston Men's Soccer player Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, MA) was named the 2010 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year as well as a member of the First Team All Conference squad and sophomore defender Verly Jean (Somerville, MA) joins Galouzis as a member of the First Team All Conference unit, it was announced today by the conference office. This marks the first time since 2006 that the Beacons have had two members honored on the First Team All Conference squad in the same year and only the third time in the programs history that UMass Boston boats the LEC Rookie of the Year.

Galouzis made an immediate impact in the UMass Boston starting lineup during his freshman season, ranking first in the conference in goals (12), while finishing second in game-winning goals (4) and points (24). His 12 markers is the highest single-season total by a Beacon since 2000. The Watertown, MA native netted his first collegiate goal in his collegiate debut in a 1-0 victory against Suffolk University on September 8. A starter in each of his 15 matches, Galouzis found the back of the net in six straight contests between September 29 through October 13. He delivered the decisive strike not only against Suffolk but also versus Emerson College, Western Connecticut State University, and Rhode Island College. Galouzis turned in a season-high four point performance twice on the campaign against WCSU and Plymouth State. He ranked second overall in the conference averaging 2.80 shots per game and sixth in shots attempted with 42. The rookie becomes just the third Beacon to be honored as the conference's top rookie and first since Jose Fragoso accomplished the feat for UMass Boston in 1996.

Jean makes his first appearance on the LEC First Team after a stellar season in the Beacons backfield. The sophomore appeared in 15 contests, starting 14 and was the most reliable defender in the backfield unit. Jean would always be assigned to mark opponents biggest scoring threats, often times shutting down some of the most dynamic scorers in the league. He helped UMass Boston post a 2.20 goals against average and record one shutout on the season coming in their season opener vs. Suffolk. Jean registered three assists on the year, the second highest total among teammates.

In his two seasons with the Beacons, Jean has appeared in 30 games, starting 27 of them. He has five career points on one goal and three assists and has helped the Beacons defensive unit record five shutouts in his tenure at UMass Boston.

UMass Boston finished the 2010 campaign with an overall 6-11 record, including a 3-4 mark in LEC play. The Beacons lose only one senior to graduation and will look to be back in the LEC playoff mix in 2011.