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Jelicic and Grant celebrating after a goal during the 2013 season (Photo by A. McCraner)
Men's Soccer - Tue, Dec. 31, 2013

John Brodbeck

Sports Information Director

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After concluding the most successful season in Holy Cross men's soccer history, senior captains Niko Jelicic (Sucuraj, Croatia) and Garbhan Grant (Letterkenny, Ireland) were named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire NAIA Men's Soccer All-Mideast Region Team; Jelicic was named First Team as a defender with Grant being named to the Second Team as a midfielder.

Jelicic, a senior defender and two-time All-CCAC First Team player, wrapped up his senior season with the Saints anchoring the back line. Starting in 17 of 18 games played this season, Jelicic finished his senior campaign with three goals and three assists for nine points. Of his three goals, two of them were game-winning goals, including the penalty kick goal in the first round of the 2013 CCAC playoffs. Jelicic will leave Holy Cross ranking second all-time in game-winning goals (5), assists (12), games played (67) and games started (66). He's also the only men's soccer player in program history to be named First Team All-CCAC twice.

Grant capped off a historic senior season where he started in 19 of 20 games and finished with 11 goals and 10 assists for a program-best 32-point season at the midfield position. A 2013 First Team All-CCAC member, Grant was became the first Holy Cross men's soccer player to be named CCAC Offensive Player of the Week, an award he received on two occasions. Grant will leave Holy Cross as the most decorated player in program history after setting records in career goals (18), assists (21), points (57), games played (72), games started (70) and game-winning goals (7). Grant also became the second Holy Cross men's soccer player to be named First Team All-CCAC.

"For these guys to receive this recognition is truly amazing," head coach Omar Gallo stated. "It's a true testament to the hard work they've put in not only for this year but for their entire four-year careers. It is one thing to be recognized by your peers in conference, but to be recognized by coaches in other top rated conferences says a lot about the boys. These two players are clearly the foundation of what has been created at Holy Cross and I have to personally thank them for all they've done for this program over their careers."

The 2013 men's soccer team won a program-best 14 games while setting numerous program milestones including the first two playoff victories in program history and advancing to the conference finals in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Four players were named to all-conference teams as the Saints went a perfect 8-0 at home during the season. Head coach Omar Gallo has won 23 games in just two seasons as head coach making him the all-time winningest coach in Holy Cross men's soccer history.

The full list of the All-Mideast Region recipients can be found here.