Five Camels named to Madness pre-season Big South teams

Travis Golden (Courtesy of Will Bratton)
Travis Golden (Courtesy of Will Bratton)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Five Campbell University standouts have been named to the pre-season Big South all-conference teams by

Senior keeper Ethan Hall was joined on the first team by senior defender Travis Golden and junior forward Jhuvon Francis.  Junior forward Bryce Miller and Ricki Gaez were chosen for the second team.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Francis was a second-team all-league choice in 2012 when he produced at least one point in 4 of CU's 7 Big South victories.  He finished third on the team with 5 goals and 12 points and turned in the first multi-goal game of his career with 2 strikes on 4 shots vs. Virginia Tech.

Last season, Golden was a first-team all-conference selection after starting all 19 games in the central defense, where he played 1708 of a possible 1750 minutes.  The Austin, Texas product played full time in all but two outings and helped lead the Camels to 7 shutouts.

Hall was a second-team all-league choice in 2012 after leading the Big South in save percentage (.788), while ranking 2nd in shutouts (career-high 7) and shutouts per game (0.37), 4th in saves (82) and 5th in goals-against average (1.14).  The Raleigh native saved 3 of the 5 penalty kicks he faced, including one in 2-0 victory at No.-17 NC State and one in a 2-1 win No.-25 High Point.

A product of Panama City, Panama, Gaez played in all 19 games a year ago and hit career highs for starts (17), goals (8), assists (3), points (19), game-winning goals (3) and minutes (1449).  He was selected to the all-conference second team by College Sports Madness after ranking 5th among Big South leaders in goals per game (0.42), 6th in goals and 8th in points per game (1.0).

Miller hit career highs for matches played (19), starts (15), shots (31), goals (4), assists (4), points (12) and minutes (1204) in 2012.  The Roanoke, Va., native played the full 90 minutes and scored his first career game-winner in 2-0 victory at No.-17 NC State.

Campbell is coming off a 12-5-2 season and third-place finish in the Big South (7-3-0).  CU went 2-2-1 against nationally-ranked teams in 2012.

The Camels host Wake Forest Saturday night (7 pm) and travel to George Mason (Aug. 24) in pre-season action before opening the regular season at home, Aug. 30 vs. NC State.