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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Nov. 13, 2007
Senior forward Ben Page earned Atlantic Sun First Team All-Conference honors and freshman forward Miguel DaSilva earned both Second Team All-Conference and All-Freshman Team honors. DaSilva was a unanimous selection for the All-Freshman Team.
The awards were announced Tuesday afternoon by the Atlantic Sun Conference office. Players were selected by votes of both conference coaches and sports information directors.
The Bisons, the No. 4, play Belmont, the No. 5 seed today in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.
Page, from Woodstock, Ga., is the first ever Lipscomb player to earn First Team All-Conference honors. He was a preseason All-Conference selection this season and was a two-time All-Conference Second Team Selection.
Page tied for first in the A-Sun in assists in a game with two against Georgia State Sept. 9, 2007. He broke his own school record for shots in a season with 63 and was second in the A-Sun in both shots (63) and shots per game (3.71).
Page is second on the team in points with 14. He was named the Offensive MVP at South Carolina's Gamecock Classic He was also named to All-Tournament Teams the at Bradley Holiday Inn City Centre Classic and the South Carolina-Tennessee Challenge Classic.
"This was a long time coming for Ben," said Bisons coach Charles Morrow. "He probably should have been on the first team last year.
"It's good to have some success for guys like Ben who have put a lot into this program. Ben has been through the lowest of the lows and has really helped us turn things around."
DaSilva, from Lauderhill, Fla., set new school records for both goals in a season with nine and points in a season with 18. He is ranked 48th nationally in goals per game with .50.
He is tied for second for most points in an A-Sun game with six (three goals) at Stetson Oct. 21, 2007 and is also tied for season-high in goals in an A-Sun game with three in the Stetson game.
DaSilva is third in the A-Sun in goals (nine) and tied for third in goals per game (.50). He is fifth in points in the A-Sun (18) and tied for fifth in points per game (1.00)
"We think this is just a drop in the bucket for what Miguel is going to do," Morrow said. "Having him here gives legitimacy to the program. You talk to coaches in and out of our region and everybody knows who he is."
Morrow thinks that Page and DaSilva form one of the top forwards combinations in the A-Sun. DaSilva and Page have combined for 14 goals this season.
"I don't know if either one of our forwards would qualify as the best forward in the conference, but as far as the combination goes they are one of the top two duos," Morrow said. "Jacksonville's forwards also are very, very good. I don't want to take anything away from them."