March 15, 2006
STERLING, Va. - Senior Mike D'Auria continues to add to an awards-filled postseason after a dazzling campaign on the court. On Wednesday, D'Auria was named D3hoops.com Northeast Region Player of the Year, becoming the first MIT player in the 105-year history of the program to ever garner such a distinction.
Players for the D3hoops.com All-Region teams were nominated by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools, who were contacted several times as the season wound down to remind them to make their players eligible. A total of 599 players were nominated nationwide in Division III.
The ballot was then made available to the SIDs, who voted for 10 players in their region. SIDs voted for six frontcourt players and four backcourt players and the top vote-getters at each position were named to the All-Region team.
"We are thankful to the Sports Information Directors across Division III who took the time to nominate and vote to provide broader recognition to these worthy student-athletes," said D3hoops.com publisher Pat Coleman. "Their continued help and participation is integral to the All-Region team and everything else we do."
A regional Player of the Year and Coach of the Year were selected in each region for the first time, the Player of the Year as the top vote-getter in each region and the Coach of the Year in consultation with regional members.
D'Auria's appointment represents the program's first regional Player of the Year honor. Former program standouts, Jack Barry (1962) and Fran O'Brien (1980), earned regional recognition as Coach of the Year.
G Derek Yvon, Springfield, Sr., E. Longmeadow, Mass.
G Mike D'Auria, MIT, Sr., Newton, Mass.
F Tyler Rhoten, Trinity (Conn.), Sr., Ridgewood, N.J.
F Rob Stockwell, Bates, Jr., Temple, N.H.
C Andrew St. Clair, Colby-Sawyer, Sr., Pittsfield, Maine
G John Bedford, Amherst, Sr., Ridgewood, N.J.
G Ryan Cain, WPI, Jr., Webster, Mass.
F Tony Barros, Mass-Boston, Jr., Dorchester, Mass.
F Craig Johnson, Coast Guard, So., Medford, Ore.
C Drew Cohen, Colby, Jr., Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.
G Zak Ray, Bates, Jr., Bangor, Maine
G Greg Cole, Western Connecticut, Sr., Queens, N.Y.
F Chris Rose, Williams, So., Middletown, N.Y.
F Steve DeLuca, Brandeis, So., Merrimack, N.H.
C Dan Martin, Tufts, Sr., Sandwich, Mass.
Player of the Year: Mike D'Auria, MIT
Coach of the Year: Bob Sheldon, Tufts