December 21, 2011

Amherst’s Noon, WNE’s Fitzpatrick, Tufts’ Santos Top ECAC New England Men's Soccer All-Stars

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference has announced the ECAC Division III New England Men’s Soccer All-Stars. Amherst College junior Spencer Noon (pictured, center) was named ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and Shawn Fitzpatrick of Western New England University (shown, left) claimed Defensive Player of the Year. Freshman midfielder Gus Santos (Framingham, Mass.) of Tufts University garnered Rookie of the Year honors. The voting was done by the coaches or their designee in the ECAC Division III New England Region membership.

Noon, of Farmington, Conn., was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year after leading Amherst in scoring with 15 goals, amassing a total of 35 points on the season. The New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year led the league in both categories, en route to setting the Amherst program record for goals (35) and points (83) in his 52 career appearances. The junior was a consistent contributor to the Lord Jeffs’ box score as he registered a point in 14 of his team’s 20 games this season.

Fitzpatrick (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) claimed ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honors at the midfielder position. He led a Golden Bears’ defense that played a decisive role in recording a perfect 9-0 in Commonwealth Coast Conference play. The senior showed his strengths on both sides of the ball, recording eight goals and nine assist to lead the Golden Bears with 25 points on the season.

Santos was named ECAC Rookie of the Year after an impressive inaugural season. He led the Jumbos with six assists and seven goals, including four game-winners, to put him right into the heart of NESCAC point leaders. The freshman also picked up the NESCAC Rookie of the Year Award.

ECAC Division III New England Men's Soccer All-Stars

Offensive Player of the Year
Spencer Noon, Jr., F, Amherst (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

Defensive Player of the Year
Shawn Fitzpatrick, Sr., M, Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Conf.)

Rookie of the Year
Gus Santos, Fr., M, Tufts (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

First Team

Forward: Eric Anderson, Jr., Babson (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conf.)

Forward: Spencer Noon, Jr.,  Amherst (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

Forward: Jamal Howard, Sr., Albertus Magnus (Great Northeast Athletic Conf.)

Midfield: Shawn Fitzpatrick, Sr., Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Conf.)

Midfield: Ronaldo Vieira, So., Framingham St. (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conf.)

Midfield: Rory O’Neill, Jr., Wesleyan (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

Defense: Matt Ratajczak, Jr., Williams (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

Defense: Kamali Webson, Jr., Roger Williams (Commonwealth Coast Conf.)

Defense: Chris Lerner, Jr., Amherst (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

Defense: Clint Mason, Sr., Babson (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conf.)

Goalkeeper: Adam Purdy, Jr., Wesleyan (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

Second Team

Forward: Tyler Macnee, Sr., Middlebury (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

Forward: Andrew Vandervoort, So., Gordon (Commonwealth Coast Conf.)

Forward: Rafael Santos, Sr., Salem St. (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conf.)

Midfield: Robbie Redmond, Sr., Middlebury (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

Midfield: Stephen Zapata, Jr., Albertus Magnus (Great Northeast Athletic Conf.)

Midfield: Thebe Tsatsimpe, Sr., Amherst (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

Defense: David Johnson, Sr., Nichols (Commonwealth Coast Conf.)

Defense: Aaron Smiles, Sr., Eastern Connecticut St, (Little East Conf.)

Defense: Sean Bishop, Sr., Bowdoin (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

Defense: Joe Buckley, Sr., Trinity (New England Small College Athletic Conf.)

Goalkeeper: Domenick Villano, So., Western New England (Commonwealth Coast Conf.)

-- Jason Mlodzianowski, Asa S. Bushnell Championships Assistant