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
|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
|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|
|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
|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|