Dec. 16, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Three Notre Dame men’s soccer players have earned All-Great Lakes Region honors for the 2009 campaign. Senior Michael Thomas (Olathe, Kan.) was named to the second team, while fellow senior Bright Dike (Edmond, Okla.) and sophomore Aaron Maund (Dorchester, Mass.) were third-team selections.
This marks the second straight second-team all-region accolade for Thomas. The midfielder, who was a two-time all-BIG EAST pick, led Notre Dame with six assists this past season in addition to scoring six goals. Thomas, a starter in all 23 games in 2009, recently garnered Academic All-America honors and will join Dike at the Major League Soccer combine in January.
Dike, a forward, was named the 2009 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. The fifth-year senior played in every match and led the Fighting Irish with 11 goals and 26 points this past season. Dike is a two-time all-BIG EAST first-team selection and this is his second straight all-region honor. He was named to the All-Great Lakes Region first team last season.
Maund helped to anchor the Irish backline by starting all 18 matches in which he appeared. He missed five games during the early portion of the season as he competed with the United States Under-20 National Team at the U-20 World Cup in Egypt. Maund tallied one goal on the season. The central defender was named to the all-BIG EAST third team back in November. This is the first all-region selection for Maund.