Aug. 20, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook men's soccer senior midfielder Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.) has been named a third-team preseason All-American by College Soccer News, the organization announced Monday.
In his first three seasons, Fernandes has made a tremendous impact on Stony Brook soccer. He is the program's all-time leading Div. I goal scorer with 22, and he is fourth in assists (10) and second in points (54). He is a two-time America East Midfielder of the Year and first-team All-America East selection.
In 2011, Fernandes had nine goals and seven assists for 25 points and was a first-team NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection and was a finalist for BigAppleSoccer.com's Player of the Year.
Fernandes has been a part of two America East Championship winning teams at Stony Brook, and in 2011, he was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after scoring a conference-record five points (two goals, one assist) in the title game win over Hartford.
Last week, Fernandes was placed on the Hermann Trophy Watch List. The Hermann Trophy is the highest award in collegiate soccer and is given to the nation's top player.
Stony Brook, under second-year head coach Ryan Anatol, returns 13 letterwinners and one redshirt freshman from last season's team that captured the America East Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Fernandes and the Seawolves will open the 2012 season on Friday, Aug. 24 at Fairleigh Dickinson at 7 p.m.