Mrabure Garners First Team Recognition; Four Dolphins Named All-Conference

Mrabure Garners First Team Recognition; Four Dolphins Named All-Conference


MACON, Ga. – Following a freshman campaign where he garnered both second team and freshman team accolades, Jacksonville University's Ejiroghene Mrabure has crowned his second season with All-Atlantic Sun First Team honors, the conference announced Wednesday.

Alberto Escobedo, Wayne Campbell and Ignazio Muccilli also highlight the A-Sun's men's soccer postseason list. The Dolphin newcomers were tabbed on the freshmen team while Escobedo was also named All-Atlantic Sun Second Team.

"Eji has the potential to be the most dominant offensive player in our conference in the next few years," said Head Coach Mauricio Ruiz. "He's a humble and hardworking player and is team first."

Appearing in every match with 12 starts, Mrabure paced the Dolphins' offense for the second straight season with a team-high five goals. His scoring efforts are currently ranked seventh in the league.

Earlier this season, the Mississauga, Ontario native earned his first career A-Sun Player of the Week award after a multi-goal weekend where he tallied the game-tying score at Lipscomb and the go-ahead versus Stetson.

Similar to Mrabure, Escobedo has racked up plenty of action in his inaugural Dolphin campaign. With 1,121 minutes in JU's midfield, the third most on the team, his presence on the field has disrupted the attacking efforts of many of JU's opponents while also creating a smoother transition for its own scoring opportunities.  

"Alberto has a desire and work ethic unmatched," continued Ruiz. "His commitment to winning is incredible and he's well deserving of this recognition. I'm very happy and proud of him."

Campbell has been one the Dolphins' top facilitators with three assists on the season. He ties for sixth in the A-Sun in the category, and the three points are the most by any JU freshman. His most recent assist, which resulted in Muccilli's first career goal, broke the Dolphins' stalemate with Stetson to keep the team's postseason hopes alive.

"Wayne is starting to show what he's capable of. He has a massive ceiling and I won't be surprised if he receives first team recognition next year."

Starting in JU's last five matches, Muccilli has taken advantage of additional playing time by recording the game-winner against the Hatters. He's appeared in 10 matches on the season and is the only Dolphin freshman to record a goal.

"Naz is one of the smartest soccer players I've been around. He's very mature and eager to learn. His future is bright."

Jacksonville and its all-conference selections have advanced to the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Thursday at 7 p.m., the Dolphins face USC Upstate in Fort Myers, Fla.