DeGrazia, McLain, Little Axe make All-NCCAA Central Region honor teams

Junior Domenico DeGrazia was one of three OC players named to the All-NCCAA Central Region men's soccer honor teams.
Junior Domenico DeGrazia was one of three OC players named to the All-NCCAA Central Region men's soccer honor teams.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 10, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian’s Domenico DeGrazia, Matt McLain and Brandon Little Axe were named Tuesday to the All-NCCAA Central Region men’s soccer honor teams.

DeGrazia and McLain both were named to the 14-man first-team list, while Little Axe was a second-team selection by coaches of squads that compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Central Region. The region includes schools in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Colorado, Arkansas and Missouri.

DeGrazia, a junior midfielder from Caracas, Venezuela, made the All-Central Region squad for the second straight season, as he made the second-team list as a sophomore.  He scored nine goals and added three assists for the Eagles, who finished 4-11-1. He finished fifth in the Heartland Conference in goals and shots (58) and tied for sixth in points (21) and received second-team all-conference honors.

McLain, a junior defender from Yukon and the Eagles’ captain, has started all 51 games for the Eagles during the past three seasons. This season, he was a steadying force on a defense that was decimated by injuries and he scored one goal, his first since his freshman season.

McLain earlier was named to the Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Division II third-team list.

Little Axe, a sophomore forward from Norman, had four goals and six assists and was the Eagles’ second-leading scorer. He scored one game-winning goal against Central Christian (Kan.) and assisted on another against Dallas Baptist (Texas).

Mid-America Christian forward Rafael Bonelle was named as the region’s player of the year while Oklahoma Wesleyan’s Jaime Peterson was named the coach of the year.