September 18, 2012

ECAC Men's Soccer Players of the Week - September 18, 2012

Division I

Offensive Player of the Week

Leonardo Fernandes – Stony Brook University

Senior, Midfielder, North Babylon, NY

Fernandes scored three goals, including both game winners, and added an assist as the Seawolves improved to 5-2-0 over the weekend. The senior midfielder, had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Fordham on Friday as he set up Alejandro Fritz's tally in the 25th minute, then scored the game winner in the 63rd minute by one-timing a cross from Antonio Crespi into the back of the net. He added two more scores in the Seawolves' 4-0 victory over Buffalo on Sunday as he single-handily gave his team a 2-0 lead with goals in the 18th and 33rd minutes. He is tied for second among league leaders with 12 points, ranks second with four assists and is third with four goals.

Defensive Player of the Week

Bjarki Aðalsteinsson, James Madison University

Freshman, Kópavogur, Iceland

Aðalsteinsson was the center of the Dukes' defense against UNC in a 1-0 win. The defending NCAA champions and top-ranked (NSCAA coaches poll) Tar Heels entered the game unbeaten (4-0-0) and riding a school-record 16-game unbeaten streak. In his second game of the week, Aðalsteinsson was JMU's best defender against previously undefeated Hofstra, which scored its only goal on a free kick from 28 yards that only the goalkeeper had a chance at stopping. Aðalsteinsson was instrumental in being the center of the defense; he won balls, organized the defense, and was a dominating player at the back.

Division II

Offensive Player of the Week

 Francis Eno – Post University

Senior, Forward, Powder Springs, Ga.

 Eno netted his first three goals of the season at Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon in a 3-3 double overtime draw. He opened the scoring in the third minute of the match, and added two second half tallies in the contest. His final goal of the match came from 35 yards out in the 83rd minute to give Post (2-1-2) a 3-2 lead. His three-goal game marked the second of the season for an Eagles' player. 

Defensive Player of the Week

 No Qualified Candidates Submitted

Division III New England

Offensive Player of the Week

Scott Coderre – Nichols College
Senior, Midfielder/Forward, Thompson, Conn.

Coderre had an impressive week contributing to almost every goal for the Bison this week. Coderre had his first career hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Becker, while also assisting on the fourth goal. He also had two assists in Nichols 3-1 victory over conference opponent Curry.

Defensive Player of the Week

Ramazan Sinani – Mitchell College

Sophomore, Goal Keeper, Waterbury, Conn.

Sinani made a career-high 14 saves in an overtime loss against Eastern Connecticut State University last week. ECSU entered the game ranked fifth in New England, but Sinani kept the Mariners in the contest by keeping the clean sheet through regulation. 

Division III Metro

Offensive Player of the Week

Chris Katona – Richard Stockton College

Junior, Midfielder, Howell, NJ

Katona produced nine points in a 2-0 week of play for the Ospreys. He opened the week by notching a goal and an assist for three points in Stockton’s conference-opening 3-2 NJAC road win at rival Kean. Three days later, he netted three goals during a 4-0 non-conference victory over previously-unbeaten Alvernia. Katona currently ranks tied for third in the NJAC in both points (12) and goals (5).

Defensive Player of the Week

Matt Broomall – Rutgers-Newark

Freshman, Goalkeeper, Somers Point, NJ

Bromall had a pair of shutouts in net for the Scarlet Raiders. He opened the week by securing two saves for his third shutout of the season, a 6-0 non-conference blanking of St. Joseph’s (NY) College. Three nights later in the first conference match of his collegiate career, he produced nine saves, including six in the second half during Newark’s 1-0 NJAC road win over previously-unbeaten No. 6 Rutgers-Camden. Broomall currently leads the NJAC in total saves (24).

Division III Upstate

Offensive Player of the Week

Alex Kittelberger – Hobart College

Senior, Midfielder, Webster, NY

Kittelberger scored two game-winning goals in a 2-0-0 week for the Statesmen. On Monday, he scored with just 3.1 seconds left in the second overtime period to secure a 2-1 victory for Hobart. On Saturday, Kittelberger scored in the 57th minute to give the Statesmen a 1-0 win over No. 14 Rochester. He leads Hobart with seven points on a team-high three goals and an assist. Kittelberger has notched at least two points in each of the last three matches. (Liberty League)

Defensive Player of the Week

J.P. Horan –  Nazareth College

Sophomore, Goal Keeper, Schenectady, NY

Horan totaled 11 saves in 180 minutes of action between the pipes as the Golden Flyers posted a pair of 3-1 wins. On Tuesday, Horan recorded six saves against Fredonia. The sophomore had five stops, including a diving save on a point-blank attempt in the 67th minute, in the conference win over Utica. Nazareth remains undefeated on the season at 5-0.

Division III South

Offensive Player of the Week

Cam Alexander – Lebanon Valley College

Freshman, Forward, Springs, Pa.

Freshman forward Cam Alexander led the Dutchmen attack this week with a pair of goals against Eastern Mennonite and another score against Moravian. Alexander scored 32 second into Wednesday's match with EMU and went on to score the game winner. He scored the equalizer against Moravian in the first half that paved the way for the win later in the second half. He leads the team with four goals this season.

Defensive Player of the Week

Christopher Madden – Carnegie Mellon University

Junior, Goal Keeper, Reisterstown, NJ

Madden earned his first career shutout on Wednesday in the Tartans' 2-0 victory over Geneva College on the road.  He followed it with a shutout against Allegheny College at home on Saturday when the Tartans won 3-0. He stopped two shots in each game.