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Guelph's Robbie Murphy named CIS men's player of year

Third-year striker Robbie Murphy from the University of Guelph is the Canadian Interuniversity Sport player of the year in men's soccer and his coach Keith Mason has won coach of the year.

Murphy led Ontario University Athletics with 16 goals in 14 conference games en route to his third straight selection as an OUA West all-star.

"He is a great leader and one of the most talented goal scorers I have met, and his 16 goals this season helped contribute to the Gryphons' best season in over 20 years," said Mason.

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"He was the most valuable player in every sense of the word."

Murphy's father played football for the University of Ottawa, while two members of his extended family were professional athletes. Mike Murphy was a member of the CFL's Ottawa Rough Riders and Frank Finnigan won a Stanley Cup with the Ottawa Senators.

Other individual award winners Wednesday included rookie of the year Alexandre Haddad from Montreal and Mount Allison's Stuart McAdam, who won the Student-Athlete Community Service award,

Haddad, whose brother Bechara played for the Concordia Stingers in 2009-10, is the second member of the Carabins to be named CIS rookie of the year after goalkeeper Gerardo Argento in 2005.

"We knew he was a good player but we were surprised by the impact he had so early in the season," said Montreal head coach Pat Raimondo.

"Then again, Alexandre has such a great attitude that it shouldn't have come as a surprise. He always looks so calm, so confident. Whether at practice or before a game, he's always the first player to take the field. He is mature beyond his age."

During the academic year, McAdam is also a volunteer tutor, a calculus teaching assistant and a volunteer chemistry researcher. He is involved with Shinerama, Relay for Life, and as a volunteer in a "buddy email" program.

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"Stuart embodies the meaning of the word 'student-athlete,' excelling both on the field and in his academics," said Mount Allison head coach Roy Chineh.

Mason, who was born in West Bromwich, England, and moved to Canada in 1981, is the first Guelph men's coach honoured by his CIS peers. Last summer he was an assistant with the Canadian men's team at the Universiade in Shenzhen, China and he was team manager and assistant coach in 2003 in South Korea.

"The Gryphons' recent success and progress over the last few years illustrates what a remarkable coaching job Keith is doing," said Tom Kendall, director of athletics at the University of Guelph.

The all-Canadian teams were also named Wednesday as the CIS men's soccer championship gets under way Thursday in Victoria.

All-Canadian teams

First Team

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Goalkeeper Ben Ur Dalhousie 5 Halifax, N.S. Arts

Defence Jason Gill UBC 5 Abbotsford, B.C. Arts

Defence Anthony Costa McMaster 5 Stoney Creek, Ont. Political Science

Defence Alexis Pradie McGill 3 Marseille, France Management

Midfeld Darragh McGee Toronto 5 Donegal, Ireland Grad Studies

Midfield Samuel Georget Laval 4 Segre, France Masters

Midfield Andrew Rigby Cape Breton 3 Wollaton, England Science

Midfield Maxime Laurey Montreal 2 St-Germain-en-Laye, France Arts & Sciences

Forward Robbie Murphy Guelph 3 Ottawa, Ont. Accounting

Forward Jerson Barandica-Hamilton Saskatchewan 5 Isla Mujeres, Mexico Engineering

Forward Michael Marousek St. FX 5 Prague, Czech Republic Human Kinetics

Second Team

Goalkeeper Elliot Mitrou Victoria 3 Victoria, B.C. Social Sciences

Defence Gavin Barrett Victoria 3 Richmond, B.C. Social Sciences

Defence Alexandre Haddad Montreal 1 Montreal, Que. Economics

Defence Rory Kennedy Saint Mary's 5 Halifax, N.S. Commerce

Midfield Navid Mashinchi UBC 2 Port Moody, B.C. Arts

Midfield Alon Badat York 2 Thornhill, Ont. Administration

Midfield Joey Kewin Carleton 3 London, Ont. Commerce

Midfield Jamar Dixon StFX 4 Ottawa, Ont. Human Kinetics

Forward Adrian Pena York 4 Woodbridge, Ont. Kinesiology

Forward Ian Greedy Cape Breton 2 Lower Sackville, N.S. Science

Forward Sylvain Willot Montreal 1 Ste-Catherine-lesArras, France Arts & Sciences

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