WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
UC San Diego defender Jared Kukura
was named 2010 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Most Valuable Defensive Player, it was announced Wednesday.
Kukura was also a First Team All-CCAA choice. Midfielder Shane Micheil and goalkeeper Jesse Brennan were honored with Second Team All-CCAA selections.
A senior from San Diego, Kukura started all 18 of UCSD's matches and led his team with four goals, eight points, and a .250 shooting percentage. Kukura was a stalwart on a Triton backline that ranked second-best in the CCAA with a 0.89 goals against per game average and nine shutouts. The CCAA honored Kukura with its Player of the Week award on Oct. 19 in lieu of his two-goal performance in a 3-2 overtime victory over Chico State on Oct. 15. Kukura provided the game-winner.
The 2010 award marks the fourth time in Kukura's career he has been named to an All-CCAA Team. Kukura was named as All-CCAA Honorable Mention after his freshman and junior seasons, sliding in an All-CCAA Second Team award after his sophomore campaign. He is the first Triton to be named to the All-CCAA First Team since Mark Moreia and Devon Cook made the cut in 2006.
Micheil, a senior from Mission Viejo, Calif., started 16 of 17 games in which he appeared, scoring two goals and firing off a 31 shots. His two goals were both game-winners in victories over Cal State Stanislaus and Cal State Monterrey Bay. Micheil highlighted a Triton attack that ranked sixth in the CCAA with 259 shots.
Brennan, a redshirt freshman, shutout six opponents in this 13 starts at keeper, logging 40 saves with a 3.35 save per game average. He ranked second in the conference with a 0.94 goals against average. Brennan was forced to the sideline for the final five matches of the season due to a hip injury, but UCSD went 4-4-4 in games Brennan started. He was named CCAA Conference Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 20-26.
UCSD finished the year in third place in the CCAA South Division with an 8-6-4 overall record and an 8-5-3 record in conference play. The Tritons put together an eight-match unbeaten streak midway through the season, a span in which they outscored opponents, 12-3.