A league-wide vote by the head coach of each program in the conference has tabbed four Radford University Highlanders for all-conference honors. Joseba Incera and Yoshiya Okawa were named to the All-Big South Second Team, Octavio Ocampo was an Honorable Mention pick, and Okawa was honored again for the All-Freshman team. Dondre’ Robinson was also named to the Big South All-Academic Team.
While the season began with a battle for the starting goalkeeper position, Incera quickly staked his claim and put together a string of impressive performances. The junior from Santurtzi, Spain, led the entire nation with 5.92 saves per game, finishing the year with 71 total saves across 12 starts. He played every single minute in those 12 appearances, putting himself in the Big South top-10 for goals-against average, save percentage, and shutouts.
Okawa burst onto the scene, seemingly out of nowhere. From Tokyo, Japan, he joined the team a bit late but immediately contributed with his long-range strikes. He tallied six goals and one assist for 13 points across 16 games that included 13 starts. Fifteen of his 27 shot attempts landed on frame, giving him a .556 shots-on-goal percentage.
A veteran leader whom head coach Chris Barrett and company knew they could rely on entering the year, Ocampo was forced to combat injuries all season that limited him to just seven starts. Nevertheless, the native of Guadalajara, Mexico, played 518 minutes and scored a pair of goals, most notably his game-winner against Concord in the season opener. He has earned postseason award honors every year of his collegiate career.
Robinson has now been named to the conference’s All-Academic team in back-to-back years. The senior forward has excelled in the classroom, earning a 3.59 grade point average as a management major. He also started 10 games on the pitch, scoring two goals.
The Highlanders’ season came all the way down to the regular season finale, which required either a win or a tie to secure a bid to the Big South Tournament. A pair of second-half goals by the Lancers concluded Radford’s season with a 5-11 overall record and a 3-5 record in conference action.