Hudson Valley's Faber Kelly Named NJCAA All-American
CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, November 15, 2002
The National Junior College Athletic Association has named Faber Kelly (Saratoga Springs/Saratoga Springs High School), a defenseman on the Hudson Valley Community College men's soccer team, a Second Team All-American for his performance during the 2002 season.
"Faber is a big reason why we have made it to the final 16 in the national tournament the last two years," said Hudson Valley head coach John Meehan. "I believe he'll continue to play at a high level after he graduates from Hudson Valley."
Kelly finished the season with seven goals and seven assists for the Vikings, who finished the season with an 11-7 record and advanced to the NJCAA Division III Region III semifinals for the second straight year.
Kelly is the second All-American selected from Hudson Valley during Meehan's three-year tenure. Troy native Chris Mahigian was honored last season by the NJCAA and currently is the starting sweeper at SUNY Cortland, who opens the NCAA Division III tournament this Saturday against Amherst College.
In the 2001-02 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic teams combined to win 65 percent of their contests. The college's softball team traveled to Illinois for the national championship tournament and finished second in the country, and the women's basketball team placed seventh in the nation. Hudson Valley's football team won the Northeast Football Conference, and the baseball and bowling squads each added a Mountain Valley Conference title. Additionally, three Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status and eight were honored with All-American status.