Ghanayem Named Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year; Five Eagles Earn All-Conference Honors

Ghanayem Named Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year; Five Eagles Earn All-Conference Honors

WATERVILLE, Maine - The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men's soccer postseason awards have been announced and Husson University is well-represented.

Senior midfielder Rod Ghanayem has been selected as the NAC Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year becoming the fourth-consecutive Eagle to win the award since the NAC added the award in 2015.

Freshman defender Bryce Hayman earned First Team honors, while Gahanayem is joined on the All-NAC Second Team by senior forward Ian Lee, freshman midfielder Ali Essallamy and senior defender Dylan Bryce. Hayman was also selected to the NAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

Ghanayem is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy and carries a 3.959 GPA, with only five A- grades holding him back from a perfect 4.0 GPA through seven semesters, while earning his first career all-conference nod. He has achieved at least a 3.9 and made Dean's List or President's List in every semester of the grueling program. He is a leader for his team, setting the example for how to be a healthy and successful student-athlete. Ghanayem has been named to the NAC All-Academic team twice, and was recognized as the NAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week (October 29) after scoring the tying goal in a NAC Quarterfinal game that set Husson up for the win that advanced them to the semifinal round. He has been a consistent contributor all four years as a member of the Eagles squad, and has two goals and four assists in his 2018 campaign. He has tallied 14 goals and 11 assists for 39 points in 60 career games played.

Hayman collects First Team All-NAC accolades after returning from a season-ending injury in his first year at Husson. The freshman becomes the first defender to be selected to the first team since 2008. Hayman has tallied three assists in 19 games this season. An all-around defender, Hayman has the rare ability to be a dangerous player going forward and has helped create numerous scoring opportunities for his teammates as a result.

Lee earns Second Team All-NAC accolades for the first time after scoring six goals with one assist for 13 total points in 14 contests this Fall. He has recorded ten goals and three assists in 30 career games played.

Essallamy claims his first All-Conference honor with a Second Team selection, after playing in 18 games overall with 17 starts this season as the Eagles' central midfielder. With an impressive ability to break up counter attacks, win the ball out of the air, and do the dirty work necessary for success, Essallamy is a major reason why the Eagles are one of the best teams in the conference.

Bryce garners Second Team All-NAC honors to round out Husson's most All-Conference selections since the 2013 season, after scoring four goals – including two-game winners – for eight total points in 16 games this season. He is a consistent leader who anchors the Eagles' defense. With an incredible talent for reading the game, winning headers, and making tackles, Bryce has created a strong presence on the field in his first year. He has scored four goals for eight points in 39 career games played.

Head Coach Gavin Penny nominated Hayman for the NAC All-Sportsmanship team because he positively affected the soccer culture and environment, and his behavior clearly demonstrate sportsmanship and integrity.

#3 Husson will take on #2 Thomas College in the NAC Semifinals on Saturday, November 3rd at Maine Maritime. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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2018 NAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams

First Team All-Conference

     
F- Matthew Caron Jr. Scarborough, Maine Maine Maritime
F- Robert Buonanno Jr. Wolcott, Vt. Northern Vermont-Johnson
F- Adam Labrie Sr. Yarmouth, Maine Thomas
M- Daniel Arriola Jr. Romeoville, Ill. Northern Vermont- Johnson
M- Evan Backus Jr. Farmington, Maine Maine Maritime
M- Justin Bell Fr. Hamilton Parish, Bermuda Thomas
M- Josh Geller Sr. Monroe, N.Y. SUNY Canton
D- Ryan Holmes So. Newmarket, N.H. Maine Maritime
D- Bryce Hayman Fr. Gray, Maine Husson
D- Ben Vigue Sr. Yarmouth, Maine Thomas
GK- Joshua Reeks Sr. Bedford, N.H. Maine Maritime
       

Second Team All-Conference

     
F- Kyle Patterson Fr. Gorham, Maine Thomas
F- Edward Malinoski Jr. Sr. Evans Mills, N.Y. SUNY Canton
F- Kyle Smith Sr. Evans Mills, N.Y. SUNY Canton
F- Ian Lee Jr. Madawaska, Maine Husson
M- Ali Essallamy Fr. Fez, Morocco Husson
M- Rod Ghanayem Sr. Orlando, Fla. Husson
M- Abukar Hassan Sr. South Burlington, Vt. Northern Vermont- Lyndon
D- Andrew Longhurst Jr. Middletown, Del. UMaine-Farmington
D- Dylan Bryce Sr. Smithburg, Md. Husson
D- John Folsom Sr. Califon, N.J. Northern Vermont- Johnson
GK- Jonathan Dutka Sr. Durham, N.H. Thomas
       

Player of the Year

     
Matthew Caron Jr. Scarborough, Maine Maine Maritime
       

Defensive Player of the Year

     
Joshua Reeks Sr. Bedford, N.H. Maine Maritime
       

Rookie of the Year

     
Kyle Patterson Fr. Gorham, Maine Thomas
       

Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year

     
Rod Ghanayem Sr. Orlando, Fla. Husson
       

Coach of the Year

     
Billy Shannon     Maine Maritime
       

Sportsmanship Team

     
Kevin Valesquez So. Patchogue, N.Y. SUNY Canton
Michael Pingree Jr. Cornish, Maine UMaine-Farmington
Bryce Hayman Fr. Gray, Maine Husson University
Evan Daigneault Jr. Newfane, Vt. Northern Vermont-Johnson
Jacob Nelson Sr. Guildhall, Vt. Northern Vermont-Lyndon
Eli Olson Sr. Charleston, Maine Maine Maritime Academy
Parker Thompson Jr. Washburn, Maine UMaine-Presque Isle
Jonathan Dutka Sr. Durham, N.H. Thomas College