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Titans Athletics Year in Review: New Teams, National Tournaments, Rankings are Highlights
June 4, 2014 - Two new teams, regional and district championships, three national tournament appearances and several national rankings highlighted the 2013-2014 athletic year at Eastern Florida State College.
Also, Eastern Florida athletes received All-America and Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference Player of the Year honors while four coaches were recognized as well.
Two new teams joined the roster of EFSC athletic offerings as men's soccer and women's tennis debuted last fall giving Eastern Florida nine sports, the most among the 28 institutions comprising the Florida College System Activities Association.
The EFSC men's soccer team celebrated last fall as it won the NJCAA Division I regional and district titles during the program's first year.
Men's soccer wasted little time in making its presence felt capturing NJCAA Division I regional and district titles and advancing to the NJCAA national tournament where it fell out in the first round with a 1-0-1 record.
Women's soccer, in its fourth year as a program, also captured NJCAA Division I regional and district titles and advanced to the NJCAA national tournament for the second year in a row, falling out in the first round with a 1-1 record.
Eastern Florida hosted the women's national tournament and will continue to through 2016. EFSC's Melbourne Campus soccer facility also hosted the Florida High School Athletic Association girls and boys state soccer championships.
In all, six of Eastern Florida's nine teams advanced to the postseason, the others being men's basketball, which won its second consecutive FCSAA Southern Conference championship and moved on to the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 tournament, losing in the first round; baseball, which reached the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 tournament for the first time since 2001 but lost in the first round; softball, which advanced to the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 tournament for the 10th straight season and then lost in the first round; and golf, which advanced to the NJCAA Division I national tournament for the 12th consecutive season and finished 11th.
Men's and women's soccer both finished the season with national rankings at fifth and 18th respectively. Golf finished its spring regular season with a fifth-place national ranking. Baseball was ranked 15th nationally the week of Feb. 25.
The men's basketball program captured its second consecutive conference title thanks to a win on February 15, 2014 to guarantee a trip to the postseason.
Men's soccer finished the season with a 14-1-3 record. Women's soccer wrapped up at 12-3-1; men's basketball at 24-7, extending its home winning streak to 31 games; women's basketball at 7-23; volleyball at 13-23; women's tennis at 3-11; baseball at 28-19 and softball at 22-27.
Individually men's soccer player Ivan Magalhães, Keenan King and Jordan Muir and women's soccer players Heather Williams and Jamie Perriello were recognized as All-Americas.
Magalhães, a freshman defender, was a first-team NJCAA Division I All-American while sophomore defender Williams was a first-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Americna for the second straight season, and a NJCAA second-team pick.
Perriello, a freshman midfielder, was a second-team NSCAA and NJCAA Division I All-America selection. Perriello also was the NJCAA Region 8 Most Valuable Player.
Men's freshman defender Keenan King was a second team NSCAA All-America selection while classmate forward Jordan Muir was a third-team NJCAA Division I All-America pick.
Men's head coach Oliver Twelvetrees was named NJCAA Southeast District Coach of the Year while assistant Josh Schirmer was named the NSCAA Junior College South Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Women's head coach Jeff Carr was named the NJCAA Region 8 and District H coach of the year.
In baseball freshman left fielder Christian Diaz was named the FCSAA Southern Conference Player of the Year and was a FCSAA first-team all-state pick. Sophomore shortstop J.J. Gould was named both Southern Conference and FCSAA Defensive Player of the Year.
In men's basketball sophomore guard Torrance Rowe was named FCSAA Southern Conference Player of the Year and head coach Jeremy Shulman the Southern Conference Coach of the Year.