October 8, 2013

Corvias ECAC Men's Soccer Players of the Week (for week ending October 6, 2013)

Division I

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Emil Ekblom – Syracuse University
Freshman, Forward,
Bekkestua, Norway

Ekblom had a hand in four of the Orange’s five goals in the team’s 5-0 shutout of NC State on Oct. 4. Ekblom assisted on SU’s second goal of the match, and closed the game’s scoring with three consecutive tallies to record the first hat trick for an SU player since 2008. Ekblom’s three goals is the most for an ACC player in one game this season, and his seven total points against the Wolfpack eclipsed the previous SU Soccer Stadium record of six shared by several players. On Oct. 1, Ekblom led the Orange offense with four shots in a 2-1 victory against Binghamton.

Maid Memic – Hofstra University

Junior, Forward, Kozarac, Bosnia

Memic contributed two goals and an assist as Hofstra posted victories over Rutgers (3-0) and UNCW (2-0) last week. The junior forward assisted on the Pride’s first goal and scored the second one at Rutgers and then had the game-winning goal in the CAA triumph against UNCW. Memic has scored a goal in four straight games and leads the Pride with six this season.

Defensive Player of the Week

Borja Barbero – University of Delaware

Junior, Goalkeeper, Valladolid, Spain

Barbero made six saves and earned the shutout as Delaware defeated No. 7 UMBC 1-0 in double overtime last Tuesday. It was the Blue Hens’ first-ever victory over a team ranked in the top 10. UD was out-shot 13-10 in the match, but Barbero picked up his third shutout of the year and lowered his GAA to 1.29.

Division II

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Francisco Sastre – Post University

Sophomore, Forward, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Scored three goals this week in two Post victories. At Caldwell, he scored the game-winner in the 81st minute with a shot from 18 yards out. Against Wilmington on Oct. 5, he was a part of all three Eagles' goals in a 3-1 victory. Sastre scored twice and assisted on another for Post's sixth-straight victory.

Eivind Austboe – LIU Post

Junior, Forward, Stavanger, Norway

Austboe tallied four goals on the week to up his Division II leading total to 14. He notched a goal in a 3-0 shutout of Roberts Wesleyan on Oct. 4 and then recorded a hat trick, including the deciding tally, in a 9-1 rout of Daemen on Oct. 6.

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Andres Ruiz – Dominican College

Senior, Goalkeeper, Medellin, Colombia

Ruiz made 20 total saves (.909 save percentage) in a 1-0-1 week for the Chargers, while allowing only two goals for a 0.97 goals against average. He had 14 saves against #18 Mercy College in the 2-2 2OT tie.

Agustin Prados – University of Bridgeport

Junior, Goalkeeper, Madrid, Spain

Prados notched consecutive shutouts in a 1-0 road win at St. Thomas Aquinas and a 2-0 road victory at Molloy last week. Agustin has now recorded three straight cleans sheets for the Purple Knights. In the two wins, he recorded a total of nine saves, stopping four shots at STAC and five at Molloy.


Division III New England

Offensive Player of the Week

Scott Douglas – Keene State College

Senior, Forward, East Greenwich, RI

Douglas recorded 10 points, on four goals and two assists, to power Keene State to a 2-0 mark this past week.  The senior from East Greenwich, R.I. registered a hat trick and dished out a helper to lead the Owls to a non-conference victory over Salem State.  On Saturday, Douglas scored the game-winning goal in the 107th minute as Keene State outlasted Rhode Island College 3-2.  He also set up the equalizer in the 69th minute to forge a 2-2 tie.

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Nick Zucco – Worcester State University

Sophomore, Goalkeeper, Ludlow, Mass.

Posted a 0.44 goals against average while stopping 14 of 15 shots he saw on net which included all eight saves in a 1-0 overtime shutout over Elms and seven saves in a 1-1 double overtime draw with Bridgewater State.

Jeff Wong – Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Senior, Goalkeeper,  Millington, NJ

Wong posted a pair of shutouts and yielded just a single goal in three victories last week. The senior co-captain amassed three saves in both of his clean sheets against Anna Maria and NEWMAC opponent Emerson and made four stops in a 2-1 triumph over Elms.

Division III Metro 

Offensive Player of the Week

Diego Mercado – Hunter College
Senior, Midfielder, Bayside, NY

The captain notched 5 goals including one game-winner as the Hawks went 2-0. During a 10-1 rout of Medgar Evers, the midfielder found the net four times. The senior followed that performance with the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute versus CSI as Hunter won 1-0.

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Tim Madden – The Sage Colleges
Senior, Goalkeeper, Watertown, NY

 Madden earned a pair of victories while registering 11 saves as Sage extended its winning streak to four games. He made five saves on Oct. 1 in the Gators 1-0 victory over Old Westbury and collected six saves – including one on a penalty kick – as Sage posted a 4-1 win versus Yeshiva on Oct. 6.

Maxwell Berkow – City College of New York
Freshman, Goalkeeper, New York, NY

During a 2-0 week for the Beavers, the rookie kept the opposition at bay with just one goal allowed. In a close 1-0 win over Bard, the goalkeeper kept the Raptors down to record the shutout. Versus CUNYAC opponent York, the New York, NY native compiled a career-high 13 saves to help the Beavers win 2-1 after being down 1-0.


Division III Upstate 

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Dillon Johnson – SUNY Cortland 

Sophomore, Forward, Northport, NY

Dillon Johnson led Cortland (6-5, 3-1 SUNYAC) to two SUNYAC wins on the road over the weekend. In a 1-0 victory at Potsdam on Friday, Johnson tallied the game-winner 20 seconds before the half. In the Red Dragons' 2-1 come-from-behind win at Plattsburgh on Saturday, Johnson netted the game-winning goal on a header 6:56 into overtime. For the season, Johnson is tied for the team lead with five goals and leads the Red Dragons with three game-winners. This was the first Cortland sweep of Potsdam and Plattsburgh on the road since the 1990 season when the Red Dragons defeated the Bears, 6-0, and the Cardinals, 2-1, in overtime.

Nick Escalante – SUNY Canton

Sophomore, Forward, Whittier, Calif.

Escalante tallied a remarkable six points having a hand in all four of SUNY Canton's goals, including scoring the game-winner, as the unranked Roos handled No. 8 SUNY ESF, 4-1, Sunday afternoon. The sophomore netted his first goal of the day just 5:28 in off a penalty kick as he calmly drained the attempt. In the 26th minute he took a pass and carefully chipped the ball over the charging Mighty Oak keeper into the top left corner to give the Roos a 2-0 lead. After SUNY ESF got within 2-1 the forward was crucial in setting up two SUNY Canton second half goals as the Roos cruised to victory. His first assist came off a corner kick where he found a teammate cutting in front of net for a header. Minutes later he received a pass at the top of the box and headed it to an open teammate for the score. Escalante was remarkably accurate as three of his four shots challenged Oak keeper Mike Walczyk.

Marco Paparo – Penn State Abington

Senior, Forward, Elkins Park, Pa.

The senior forward led the Nittany Lions to a pair of NEAC wins last weekend behind totals of three goals and an assist. In a rematch of last year’s NEAC Championship, Paparo netted the game-winning goal four minutes into overtime to give the Nittany Lions a 1-0 win over the defending champion Morrisville State College Mustangs Saturday while handing them their first conference loss of the season. He continued to remain hot on offense on Sunday, scoring two goals and adding an assist in an 8-1 win over Cazenovia College to help the Nittany Lions remain a perfect 5-0 in NEAC play while improving to 9-2 overall. Paparo leads the NEAC in both goals (9) and points (23) this season.


Defensive Player of the Week

Tim Beauvais – SUNY Cortland

Junior, Goalkeeper, Hilton, NY 

Beauvais helped lead the Red Dragons to a pair of SUNYAC wins on the road over the weekend. In a 1-0 triumph at Potsdam on Friday, he made six saves in recording his third shutout of the season. Beauvais then followed up with eight saves in Cortland's (6-5, 3-1 SUNYAC) 2-1 OT win at Plattsburgh on Saturday. For the weekend, he recorded a 0.48 GAA and a .933 save percentage.


Division III South

Offensive Player of the Week

Pablo Torrano – Frostburg State University

Senior, Forward, Bethesda, Md.

Torrano found the back of the net twice in each CAC victory this week, including the game-winning goal in both matches.  Amazingly, Torrano was successful on all four shots he took in wins over Penn State Harrisburg and Wesley.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week

Kevin Romano – Catholic University

Senior, Defense, Freehold, NJ

Romano led Catholic to a 3-0 victory over Moravian in the team’s only game this week. He anchored a defense that allowed just five shots all game, and only two on goal. Catholic registered its fourth shutout of the season in its first Landmark victory.

Kyle Westbrook – Salisbury University

Junior, Defense, Salisbury, Md.

Westbrook led the Sea Gulls to their second consecutive conference shutout victory. He led a defensive effort that allowed just four shots (two on goal) in Saturday’s victory over Penn State Harrisburg.  The Gulls’ defense takes a streak of 360 scoreless minutes into Wednesday’s match at Mary Washington.