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Belhaven beats conference rival Mobile for title
December 2nd, 2012 3:41AM

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[NAIA TOURNAMENT] Belhaven got goals from Victor Lawrence and Tom Cosgrave and beat Mobile, 2-0, to win the NAIA men's championship in Montgomery, Ala. The Blazers' only previous national championship final was in 1992.

They gained revenge for a 3-1 loss to Mobile in the Southern States Athletic Conference during the regular season.

"This is a special experience," said Belhaven coach Brian McMahon, who just completed his first season with the Blazers. "Since the day I came in here, the department has been very supportive and always trying to continue to move it forward. It is a great experience for the team, but also for the school. It's great to see faculty and staff here. It's just an awesome honor."
As the No. 12 seed, Belhaven is the lowest seed to win the national title since unseeded Bethel (Tenn.) got past Rio Grande, 2-1, in the 2008 championship.

2012 All-Tournament Team
Goalkeepers
Carl Blundell, Belhaven (Miss.)
Chris Ericksson, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Forwards
Lebogang Moloto, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
William Prado, Concordia (Calif.)
Gaetan Massiah, Mobile (Ala.)
Victor Lawrence, Belhaven (Miss.)
Midfielders
Stephen Okai, Mobile (Ala.)
Tom Gavin, Belhaven (Miss.)
Eduardo Cruz, Belhaven (Miss.)
Jeremie Koffi, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Defenders
Sicelo Buthelezi, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Tom Cosgrave, Belhaven (Miss.)
Aurelien Norest, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Pierre Mangold, Mobile (Ala.)
MVP
Victor Lawrence, Belhaven (Miss.)
Offensive Player of the Tournament
Lebogang Moloto, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Defensive Player of the Tournament
Tom Cosgrave, Belhaven (Miss.)
Champions of Character Brine-NAIA Scholarship Recipient
Paul Floersch, Benedictine (Kan.)
Nels Dahlquist Memorial Team Sportsmanship Award
Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)



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