Sakamoto, Murray and Day pick up awards

Sakamoto, Murray and Day pick up awards
By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

LOS ANGELES — Senior defender Reid Sakamoto (Honolulu) earned the Brine Award of Distinction and First Team All-SCIAC honors on Monday, highlighting a trio of Occidental College men's soccer players that received individual accolades following the 2012 season.

Junior forward Jack Day (London, England) was named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year and senior forward Ben Murray (Sandpoint, Idaho) made the second team.

Sakamoto, who's been the face of the Oxy men's soccer program on and off the field for the last four years, finished tied with Murray and Daniel Watson (San Francisco) for the team lead with four goals and had 10 total points. The senior defender makes the All-SCIAC list for the fourth consecutive year, but the first team for the first time.

"I'm glad he was finally recognized as a first team All-SCIAC player," Occidental coach Rod Lafaurie said. "He was absolutely deserving. There was no question from any coaches that he was a first teamer."

The Brine award is a well-rounded honor that takes into account sportsmanship, community service and academic success as well as performance on the soccer field.

"Winning that is the coaches recognizing his influence not only as an Occidental soccer player, but as an ideal representative of SCIAC student-athletes," Lafaurie said. "I'm proud of him, we're going to miss him, he's been the heartbeat of our team over the last four years and he'll be really hard to replace."

Murray made the second team after leading Oxy is scoring for the third year in a row.

"I'm proud of his contributions to the program," Lafaurie said. "He's been the leading scorer of the program since his sophomore year. It's a tribute for him to be recognized again as one of the conference's top forwards."

Day, an exchange student from London, England, made himself at home as the season progressed, finishing the year as Oxy's team leader in points (12).

"I'm pleased that the coaches recognized his contribution to the team," Lafaurie said. "He made a big impact, especially as the year went on. He's a fantastic player."

The Tigers finished the year 9-8 overall and 8-8 in SCIAC play.

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