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Four Cougars Named NJCAA Soccer All-Americans

The National Junior College Athletic Association released its Division III All-Americans with four Genesee Community College Cougars on that list.

Three members of the men's team and one member from the women's team were selected that included Glenn Holmes, Charlie Livesey, Ben Wattis and Miko Yamashita. The former three men's team members are all sophomores, while Yamashita has another season remaining with the women's soccer team.

Holmes co-captained the Cougars to the NJCAA title and led the nation among all defenseman in the country in points with 32 and in goals with 13 in earning first-team accolades.  Joining Holmes as a NJCAA First Team All-American was GCC forward Livesey, who set a single season school record for assists with 26. That total was seven more than anyone else in the nation for 2017. Livesey led the Cougars in goals, assists and points and his totals ranked him nationally as No. 1 in assists with 26, No. 4 in points with 60 and tied for No. 16 in goals with 17.

Wattis, who scored the team's first goal in the Cougars' national championship semifinal game to help them advance to the championship game, was named as a NJCAA Second Team All-American. Joining Wattis as a NJCAA Second Team All-American - but for the women's D-III team - was Yamashita, who finished tied-44th in the nation for points with 32 and tied-26th nationally in assists with 10. The freshman led the Cougars in points and assists and was second in goals with 11.

United Soccer Coaches Tab Men’s Soccer Team as No. 1

The United Soccer Coaches released its final Junior College Division III Poll with Genesee Community College at No. 1, Dec. 5.

In addition, four members of the National College Junior Athletic Association D-III national champion Cougars appear on the USC's Junior College D-III All-Region East Team that includes Glenn Holmes, Charlie Livesey, David Ormiston and Ben Wattis.

In being ranked by the USC at No. 1, the Cougars also created some history in that distinction. Based on information from USC's website about previous Junior College D-III final poll rankings, it was the first time a team went from unranked to No. 1 at that level.

The Cougars last appeared in a USC poll at No. 7 on Sept. 26. After that date and for the next six USC polls, Genesee did not make the cut despite compiling a 20-game unbeaten streak from early September on their way to the school's first national championship in men's soccer.

Holmes was a USC All-Region East First Team selection and co-captained the Cougars to the NJCAA title. Holmes led the nation among all defenseman in the country in points (tied-38th overall among all scorers) with 32 and in goals (tied-35th overall among all scorers) with 13. Joining Holmes on the first team was GCC forward Livesey, who set a single-season school-record for assists with 26. That total was seven more than anyone else in the nation for 2017. Livesey led the Cougars in goals, assists and points and his totals ranked him nationally as No. 1 in assists, No. 4 in points with 60 and tied for No. 16 in goals with 17.

Ormiston was a USC All-Region East Second Team selection and was twice acknowledged for his keeper playoff performances. He captured two most valuable player awards on his way to national championship stardom. First, he was the MVP of the NJCAA Region III District A Championship and followed that up as the NJCAA National Tournament MVP. Ormiston finished nationally as No. 3 in save percentage (.871) and No. 5 in goals-against average (0.72). Joining Ormiston on the second team was defenseman Wattis, who scored the team's first goal in its national championship semifinal game to help them advance to the championship.

The United Soccer Coaches (formerly known as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America / NSCAA) is an organization of American soccer coaches founded in 1941. It is the largest soccer coaches organization in the world, with more than 30,000 members. The NSCAA was rebranded as United Soccer Coaches about four months ago in early August and is based out of Kansas City, Mo. The USC recognizes teams and athletes in the NCAA, NAIA, NCCAA and NJCAA. More information about them can be found at: http://unitedsoccercoaches.org/web/rankings/junior_college/jc_diii_men.aspx

Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced

The Genesee Community College's athletes of the week for the period ending Dec. 2 are Angel Priest (Willemstad, Curacao) from the women's swimming team and Joan Ferrer (Vinaros, Spain) from the men's swimming team.

Angel achieved four runner-up swimming accolades and also had one third-place finish at last weekend's Monroe Community College Invitational. Individually, Angel was second in the 100-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke, and took third in the 50-yard butterfly. She was then part of a pair of runner-up relay finishes in the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle.

Joan was part of three first-place swimming finishes and one third-place finish this past weekend at the Monroe Community College Invitational. Individually, Joan finished first in the 100-yard individual medley and first in the 50-yard butterfly, while garnering third in the 100-yard backstroke. He was then part of Genesee's first-place relay team in the 800-yard freestyle in the final event of the Invitational.

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