Men's Soccer Sees Three Eagles Earn NAC All-Conference Accolades

Men's Soccer Sees Three Eagles Earn NAC All-Conference Accolades

WATERVILLE, Maine - The Husson men's soccer team saw three student-athletes honored with 2019 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) post season awards. 

Maine Maritime Academy head coach Billy Shannon and senior Matt Caron claimed their second-consecutive major NAC Men's Soccer post season awards, as Shannon repeated as Coach of the Year and Caron repeated as Player of the Year. UMaine-Farmington senior Andrew Longhurst was voted Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas College first-year forward Eric LaBrie earned Rookie of the Year, and UMaine-Presque Isle senior Chad Bartlett earned the title of 2019 Senior Scholar Athlete.

In addition to the major conference awards, 22 student athletes were named to the All-Conference First and Second Teams, and nine players were selected to the Sportsmanship Team. The NAC Men's Soccer Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees positively affect the men's soccer culture and match environment by clearly demonstrating sportsmanship and integrity beyond the sport playing rules and etiquette.

The 2019 NAC Men's Soccer Championship tournament is underway, with the final four scheduled for this weekend at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. Semifinal games between #2 Thomas and #6 SUNY Canton, and #1 Maine Maritime and #4 Husson, are Saturay, November 9th. The championship game will be at 2:30 PM on Sunday, November 10.  Follow all the championship action here.

 


Player of the Year

 

 Matt Caron (Scarborough, Maine) - Maine Maritime Academy

Maine Maritime Academy senior Matt Caron (Scarborough, Maine) is the North Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Year for the second-consecutive year. The First Team All-Conference forward was the recipient of three Player of the Week honors this season (9/2-9/8, 9/23-9/29, 10/14-10/20). Caron tallied five goals in NAC games, and lead the league with 12 goals overall. He also lead the league with 10 assists in conference games (17 total) and 20 NAC points (41 total). He scored three game-winning goals in conference games, and seven across the twelve games that he played. Caron assisted the game-tying goal in the final regular season game against top-ranked Thomas, a game the Mariners went on to win. The win launched them into the top spot in the standings, which means they are hosting the final four championship this weekend.

 

 

 

 


Defensive Player of the Year

 

 Andrew Longhurst (Middletown, Delaware) - University of Maine at Farmington

Andrew Longhurst (Middletown, Delaware) of the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), is the 2019 North Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year. Longhurst anchored a Beaver's defense that logged four conference shutouts and seven overall. UMaine-Farmington boasts the second best overall tally in goals against (25) and goals-against-average (1.37). In conference games, the Beavers allowed 13 goals (1.63 goals-against-average). Longhurst also displayed offensive prowess with three goals, including a game-winner, in conference games. He logged another goal and one assist in non-conference games, making the only penalty kick he took. Longhurst is also a member of the First Team All-Conference.

 

 

 

 


Rookie of the Year

 

 Eric LaBrie (Yarmouth, Maine) - Thomas College

Thomas College first-year student athlete Eric LaBrie (Yarmouth, Maine) is the 2019 North Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Rookie of the Year. LaBrie tallied six goals in NAC contests this fall, the third-highest goal total in the conference. His overall goal total of ten ranks third, and is the most among first-time players. LaBrie also dished out two assists for a conference point total of 14 (22 overall). He was awarded NAC Rookie of the Week honors (October 7-13) for an incredible stretch that included his first collegiate hat trick. A First Team All-Conference member, LaBrie took 29 shots, and with 14 on goal, had a shooting percentage of .483. He scored two game-winning goals, against NVU-Johnson and SUNY Delhi.

 

 

 

 


Senior Scholar Athlete

 

 Chad Bartlett (Bradley, Maine) - University of Maine at Presque Isle

Chad Bartlett (Bradley, Maine) is the 2019 North Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Senior Scholar Athlete. Bartlett is a four-year starter for UMaine-Presque Isle, and has served as a captain for the last two seasons. The midfielder scored twice this season, including a game-winner against NVU-Lyndon. He carries a 3.81 grade point average as an Exercise Science major and is a role model on the Owls' campus. Bartlett has volunteered with his church a number of times, including in 2015 and 2017 when he traveled to Belize to help build community playgrounds, houses, and churches, while putting on a soccer tournament for the community. Bartlett has also worked with Habitat for Humanity for a number of years, and has volunteered with his church's youth bible school.

 

 

 

 


Coach of the Year

 

 Billy Shannon - Maine Maritime Academy

Billy Shannon of Maine Maritime Academy is the North Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. Shannon's Mariners were honored with weekly NAC awards for seven weeks out of nine, and racked up a total of 15 weekly accolades. Six of Shannon's players were selected to the All-Conference team, including four on the First Team and two on the Second Team. He also guided senior Matt Caron to two consecutive NAC Player of the Year awards. In conference play, the Mariners scored an average of 2.63 goals-per-game (21 total) compared to allowing only five goals, or 0.63 goals-per-game. They also forced a league-leading 60 corner kicks and earned five conference shut-outs. Impressively, Maine Maritime entered the final regular season game at 6-1, and beat the previously undefeated Thomas team to take the number one seed and the right to host the NAC Championship final four tournament this weekend.

 

 

 

 


 

NAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams

First Team All-Conference

Name Hometown Year School Position
Trevor Gray Gorham, Maine First-year Maine Maritime Goalkeeper
Andrew Longhurst Middletown, Delaware Senior UMaine-Farmington Defense
Jack Davis Belfast, Maine Senior Maine Maritime Defense
Devonte Dawson Yonkers, New York Sophomore SUNY Delhi Defense
Juan Velez Peekskill, New York Sophomore SUNY Delhi Midfield
Drew Parsons Farmington, Maine Senior Thomas Midfield
Evan Backus Farmington, Maine Senior Maine Maritime Midfield
Matt Caron Scarborough, Maine Senior Maine Maritime Forward
Zenawi Bowen St. George's, Bermuda Junior Thomas Forward
Brody Rettle Staten Island, New York Junior SUNY Delhi Forward
Eric LaBrie Yarmouth, Maine First-year Thomas Forward

 

Second Team All-Conference

Name Hometown Year School Position
Corey O'Toole Colonie, New York Senior SUNY Delhi Goalkeeper
Ryan Holmes Newmarket, New Hampshire Junior Maine Maritime Defense
Benjamin Vigue Yarmouth, Maine Senior Thomas Defense
Kingsley Owusu Accra, Ghana Senior SUNY Canton Defense
Joao Passoni Sāo Paulo, Brazil Sophomore Husson Midfield
Dalton Moore Hollis Center, Maine Senior Maine Maritime Midfield
Jake Heimlich Berlin, Connecticut Senior UMaine-Farmington Midfield
Robert Buonanno Wolcott, Vermont Senior NVU-Johnson Midfield
Aibek Allan Bijanov Tashkent, Uzbekistan First-year NVU-Johnson Forward
Cai Pritchard Brighton, United Kingdom First-year Husson Forward
Shayne O'Neill Dannemora, New York First-year SUNY Canton Forward

 

Sportsmanship Team

Name Hometown Year School Position
Hamza Meer Karachi, Pakistan Senior SUNY Canton Midfield
Mike Zerniak Wolcott, New York Junior SUNY Delhi Forward
Hunter Michaud Somersworth, New Hampshire Senior UMaine-Farmington Defense
Bryce Hayman Gray, Maine Sophomore Husson Defense
Wesley Swanson Lowell, Vermont First-year Northern Vermont-Johnson Midfield
Luc Parrett Eden Mills, Vermont Sophomore Northern Vermont-Lyndon Midfield
Jeremy Spiegel West Chester, Pennsylvania Senior Maine Maritime Defense
Jacob Worthley Houlton, Maine Junior UMaine-Presque Isle Midfield
Princiel Kunieki Portland, Maine Junior Thomas Midfield

 

 

Major Award Winners

Honor Name Hometown Year School
Player of the Year Matt Caron Scarborough, Maine Senior Maine Maritime
Defensive Player of the Year Andrew Longhurst Middletown, Delaware Senior UMaine-Farmington
Rookie of the Year Eric LaBrie Yarmouth, Maine First-year Thomas
Senior Scholar Athlete Chad Bartlett Bradley, Maine Senior UMaine-Presque Isle
Coach of the Year Billy Shannon     Maine Maritime