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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
S-28-00-01  
Thursday, November 16, 2000

Seven Elizabethtown Players Named Commonwealth Conference Men's Soccer All-Stars


ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Seven members of the 2000 Elizabethtown College men's soccer team have been named Commonwealth Conference All-Stars. Making the conference first team from Etown included senior goalkeeper Matt Gwilliam (Quakertown, PA/Quakertown), senior midfielder Tim Oswald (Philadelphia, PA/Father Judge), senior midfielder Bryan Hoy (Beaver Springs, PA/West Snyder), senior midfielder Brent Conover (Gettysburg, PA/Gettysburg), and senior midfielder Wyeth Raws (Malvern, PA/West Chester East). Making the conference second team included senior defender Chaz Vennie (Selinsgrove, PA/Selinsgrove) and sophomore sweeper Brad Confer (Lancaster, PA/Manheim Township).

Matt Gwilliam stepped up to be a regular starter in the goal for Etown for the first time in 2000, and he started 15 of the 18 games for the Blue Jays. He proved to be a key element of the Elizabethtown defense and one of the top goaltenders in the conference, totaling 66 saves and six shutouts this season, with a goals against average of 0.73 and a save percentage Of .857. Gwilliam has 70 career saves and 7.5 career shutouts.

Gwilliam is majoring in social studies education with a minor in human services at Elizabethtown. He is a 1997 graduate of Quakertown Senior High School.

Tim Oswald started in 16 and appeared in all 18 of the games for the Blue Jays in 2000, and tallied 15 points on five goals and five assists to finish third on the team in scoring. Over the course of his four-year career, Oswald has scored 15 goals and 18 assists for 48 career points.

Oswald is majoring in elementary education with a minor in social work at Elizabethtown. He is a 1997 graduate of Father Judge High School.

Bryan Hoy, a senior midfielder and team captain, started all 18 games for the Blue Jays in 2000, and ended up second on the team in points, scoring 11 goals and four assists for 26 points. Highlights for Hoy this season include game winning goals against Franklin & Marshall September 6 and Washington & Jefferson September 9, and a hat trick against Albright on September 27.

Over the course of his collegiate career, Hoy scored 29 goals and had 20 assists for 78 career points. Hoy is also a four-time conference all-star and a two-time regional All-American.

Hoy is majoring in business at Elizabethtown. He is a 1997 graduate of West Synder High School.

Brent Conover started in 12 of the Blue Jays' 18 games in 2000, and tallied three goals and two assists for eight points on the season.

Over the course of his career, Conover scored 12 goals and had 16 assists for 40 points. He is a two-time conference all-star.

Conover is majoring in secondary education at Elizabethtown. He is a 1996 graduate of Gettysburg High School.

Wyeth Raws started in 17 games in 2000, and led the team with 29 points by tallying 10 goals and nine assists. During the season he moved into second place on the career assists list at Elizabethtown with 39, just three shy of the program record of 42 set between 1961 and 1964.

Over the course of his career, Raws has scored 22 goals and had 39 assists for 83 points. Raws is also a three-time conference all-star and one-time regional All-American.

Raws is majoring in physics at Elizabethtown. He is a 1997 graduate of West Chester East High School.

Chaz Vennie, a senior defender and team captain, started 10 games and appeared in 11 for the Blue Jays in 2000, and was a major factor in a solid defense that gave up only 14 goals all season. He tallied one assist this season.

Over the course of his career in the backfield, Vennie has scored five goals and had five assists for 15 points.

Vennie is majoring in psychology with a minor in biology at Elizabethtown. He is a 1996 graduate of Selinsgrove Area High School.

Brad Confer was converted from midfield to sweeper this season and started all 18 games for the Blue Jays in the backfield. He became an integral part of a solid defense that allowed only 14 goals all season.

In the course of his two-year career, Confer has scored seven goals and three assists for 17 points.

Confer is majoring in biochemistry at Elizabethtown. He is a 1999 graduate of Mannheim Township High School.

The Elizabethtown College men’s soccer team finished the season with a 15-3 record and is ranked 18th in the nation according to the November 6 final NSCAA coaches’ poll. The Blue Jays came in second in the Commonwealth Conference and fell to Messiah, ranked seventh nationally, in the conference championship game, 2-1.