Men's Soccer

Hudson Valley Soccer Player And Troy Native Named All-American

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Image of Chris MahigianThe National Junior College Athletic Association recently named defenseman Chris Mahigian (Tamarac H.S.) a Second Team All-American. The second-year student-athlete, a Troy native and a tri-captain on Hudson Valley Community College's 2001 men's soccer team, led the Vikings to a school-record-tying 13 wins and a No. 11 ranking in the final NJCAA Division III coaches poll.

Thanks in part to Mahigian's team-leading 10 assists, the Vikings posted a 13-4 record in 2001 and advanced to the semifinal round of the NJCAA Division III Region III playoffs. Mahigian also had three goals, and the 13 victories tied the school mark for wins in a season, set by Hudson Valley's 1992 squad. By finishing the season in the No. 11 spot, Hudson Valley jumped three spots from its final ranking in 2000.

Mahigian's solid defense helped Hudson Valley snare a 1-0 early-season victory over Michigan's Macomb Community College, who went on to capture the 2001 Division III national title.

"Chris Mahigian is a ferocious defender," said John Meehan, Hudson Valley's head coach. "He's a team leader, and whichever school gets his services next is going to love what he brings to the table. Chris is a hard-nosed player who despises losing as much as anyone I've ever coached."

Mahigian also is a versatile player; in a 3-1 victory against Clinton Community College this year, Mahigian was pressed into service as a midfielder. He responded by tallying two goals.

"I'll miss having Chris in our lineup," Meehan said. "But I'm very proud of him; he very much deserved to be named an All-American."