Dec. 10, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville senior defender Jimmy Ockford and sophomore forward Ricardo Velazco were named First Team All-Midwest Region by the NSCAA on Tuesday while freshman midfielder Andrew Brody earned Second Team honors.
Starting all 20 games along the backline for the Cardinals, Ockford (Yardley, Pa.) was selected as the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year while also providing scoring punch connecting for four goals, including three game-winners. Delivering game-winners against top 20 foe Virginia, UCF and top 20 opponent Saint Louis, Ockford was also a key defensively as Louisville ranked among the nation's top 30 teams in shutout percentage. Twice this season (Sept. 23, Oct. 7) he was chosen as American Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
A First Team All-American Athletic Conference selection, Velazco(Casa Grande, Ariz.) was a versatile and explosive offensive player this fall leading the conference in points (23), ranking second in assists with nine and placing fourth in goals with seven. Chosen as the league's Offensive Player of the Week a conference-leading three times, Velazco scored two goals in the Cardinals' Oct. 6 win at SMU and had one goal and two assists in the Oct. 31 victory over No. 20 Saint Louis. Overall, he led Louisville in goals, assists, points and shots while starting every game.
A Second Team All-Conference honoree and a member o of the league's All-Rookie Team, Brody (Orlando, Fla.) had a terrific freshman season with the Cardinals scoring three goals and adding eight assists while starting all 20 games in the midfield. Twice this season, he was credited with two assists in a match (vs. No. 20 Virginia and No. 8 UConn), while on Sept. 30, he was selected as the American Conference Rookie of the Week after scoring a goal and adding an assist in Louisville's win over Temple.
Making its seventh straight NCAA Championship appearance, No. 17 Louisville ended its season on Nov. 24 with a 1-0 double-overtime loss at No. 11 Michigan State in the second round. The Cardinals (11-5-4) won the inaugural American Athletic Conference regular season championship with a 5-1-2 league mark. Selected as a host for the first round of the NCAA Championship, Louisville advanced past Denver with a 3-2 shootout win on Nov. 21 before the season-ending loss to the Spartans.
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