Senior Jordan Jones and freshman Ian Leibbrandt were both named to the 2002 All-GSAC team.
The selection is the second for Jones, who was named to last year’s team.
Jones, a natural forward who spent the majority of the season in the midfield, appeared in 16 of 18 games for the Cougars, finishing with 16 points (7 goals and 2 assists). With his 16 points, Jones climbed into 11th place on the Cougars’ all-time scoring chart with 64 career points (27 goals and 10 assists). He was just 4 points away from the top 10. His 27 career goals ranks ninth all-time.
Jones scored in the Cougars’ season-opening 6-0 win over Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.), and then added 2 more in their 3-1 win over defending NAIA Region II Champion Alliant International. In GSAC play alone, Jones scored 3 goals and assisted on 2 others.
Leibbrandt busted onto the collegiate scene with a stellar freshman campaign, finishing with a team-high 18 points (8 goals and 2 assists). His 18 points is the highest point total by an Azusa Pacific freshman since teammate Jeff Johnson and Addi Schram tallied 18 points each as 1999 freshmen.
Appearing in 15 of 18 games this year, including starts in the final 8 games, Leibbrandt exploded out of the gate scoring in his first collegiate game, a 6-0 Azusa Pacific win over Palm Beach Atlantic. He then scored his second career goal in the Cougars’ 1-1 tie with then-No. 2-ranked Mobile (Ala.). Leibbrandt scored 6 of his 8 goals in GSAC action, including his first career hat-trick in the Cougars final game vs. Christian Heritage (7-1 win).
Six Cougars, Stephen Hawk (3.86, Business Administration), Josh Moreno (3.76, Political Science), Kevin Sauer (3.71, Business Administration), Jeff Haughey (3.62, Marketing), Jones (3.56, Social Science) and Johnson (3.50, Cinema Broadcast Arts), were named to the 2002 All-GSAC Scholar Athlete team.
In a season filled with just about everything, Azusa Pacific managed to limp its way to a 7-6-5 overall finish and 4-3-3 in the GSAC. The Cougars missed the playoffs for the first time since 1998.
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