Hokies Earn VaSID All-State Accolades
Rogge earns first team honors, Mertins a second-team selection
December 11, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Two Virginia Tech men's soccer players were named to the VaSID All-Virginia Team, as released Wednesday afternoon. Midfielder Peer Rogge was a first-team selection, while Lasse Mertins was named to the second-team as a defender.

Rogge (Schleswig, Germany) starred in the midfield for the Hokies in only his first season. The freshman led the team in assists with eight and tied for second in points scored with 16. Rogge's assist total tied him for seventh in the South Atlantic region and was third-best in the BIG EAST. He earned conference Rookie of the Week honors on Oct. 14 and was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com National Team of the Week the same week. Rogge was also a third-team All-South Atlantic Region selection.

Mertins also made an immediate impact in his first year at Tech. The junior from Rotenburg, Germany, was the anchor of the Tech defense, helping the Hokies post four shutouts and a 1.29 GAA. Mertins also proved to be a potent offensive weapon, tying for third on the team in goals scored (five) and netting the game-winner over Georgetown. He was twice named BIG EAST Co-Rookie of the Week in 2002 and was selected to the CollegeSoccerNews.com National Team of the Week (Sept. 22). In addition, Mertins earned third-team All-South Atlantic Region honors.

Virginia's Alecko Eskandarian earned state Player of the Year honors for the second time as he led the Cavaliers to a 15-7 overall record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tim O'Sullivan of Virginia Commonwealth earned his second Virginia Coach of the Year award after directing his team to its second CAA championship and No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Hokies finished the season 10-7-1 overall and ended the regular season tied for seventh in the BIG EAST with a 5-5 conference record in head coach Oliver Weiss' first year at the helm.