Neagle, Cruz Earn First Team All-MPSF Honors
Nov. 19, 2008
LAS VEGAS - For the second straight year, midfielder Lamar Neagle and forward Daniel Cruz were named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Soccer First Team, the league announced on Wednesday. Two more Rebels earned all-conference nods, one to the second team and one was an honorable mention selection.
Neagle joins Rod Dyachenko (2002-05) as the only Rebel to be named All-MPSF First Team three times in his career. A senior and native of Federal Way, Wash., Neagle led the conference in goals this year with nine, while his 18 points ranked second as well. Twice this year he scored two goals in the same game, including in UNLV's 2-1 win at St. Mary's, in which he scored back-to-back goals just 29 seconds apart. He has also scored game-winners this year over both Sacramento State and San Jose State. Neagle finished his career at UNLV ranked ninth in career goals with 27, while his 60 career points put him in a tie for eighth place.
Cruz finished second on the team and tied for seventh in the league with 13 points. His five goals also had him tied for seventh, while he also added five assists. Cruz was named MPSF Player of the Week twice this season, the first time after scoring the Rebels' first three goals of the year in wins over Radford and Jacksonville. He added his second award after posting the game-winning goal in UNLV's victory over New Mexico.
Nicholas DeLeon, a freshman midfielder from Phoenix, Ariz., was named to the All-MPSF second team. DeLeon led all Rebel freshmen in scoring with three assists. Senior forward Ben Haugland, a native of Chandler, Ariz., was an honorable mention selection, as he finished third on the team in scoring with three goals and four assists.
UNLV finished the season with a 7-8-1 record, 3-7 in MPSF play.