NAC Men's Soccer Weekly Honors (Week Ending September 3)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Adam LaBrie, Thomas
(Jr., F - Yarmouth, Maine)
LaBrie picked up where he left off last season as the 2016 NAC-leading scorer, as he tallied four goals on six shots in two games this week. The junior netted a hat trick in the first 38 minutes of play on Friday as the Terriers defeated Unity College. In a victory over Fisher on Sunday, LaBrie scored the opening goal of the contest.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Evan Backus, Maine Maritime
(So., D - Farmington, Maine)
Backus was an anchor for Maine Maritime's back line in the 2-0 victory over the University of New England on Friday, the win was MMA's first win over the Nor'easters since 2011. Backus was part of a defense that only allowed nine shots.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Joseph Holloway, Johnson
(Fr., M/F - Essex County, England)
Holloway tallied four goals and an assist for nine points in his first two collegiate games over the weekend. In the Badgers win over Vermont Tech on Friday, Holloway notched two goals and an assist in the 5-2 victory. The rookie notched two more goals on Sunday as Johnson defeated UMPI.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton began its 2017 season in the Husky Challenge at Southern Maine, dropping both contests to fall to 0-2 on the young campaign. The Spartans fell to host Southern Maine, 2-1, in thrilling overtime fashion on Friday, before suffering a 4-0 setback against Coast Guard on Saturday. Thomas Kirk and Cam Rossi-Crete were both named to the All-Tournament Team. The Spartans will look to pick up their first win of the season this week at home, as they host foes SUNY Poly, Clarkson, and Potsdam over the next six days.
Colby-Sawyer dropped both of its games over the opening weekend. The team fell to Johnson & Wales 2-0 and Salve Regina 2-1. The Chargers will play their third and fourth straight road games this week at 15th ranked UMass Boston and perennial power Middlebury.
UMaine-Farmington went 1-0 on the week beating Rivier 1-0 at home on Saturday.
Green Mountain opened its season with a 3-0 loss to Yeshiva on Sunday. The Eagles kept the visitors within striking distance at 1-0 through 70 minutes, but ran out of steam in the last twenty giving up two late goals. Griffin Shelor performed well in net making 14 saves. The Eagles will head to Bard for its next game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Husson lost the lone game of the weekend 1-0 to St. Joseph's (Maine). Cody Gross was the bright spot with three saves.
Johnson (2-0, 0-0 NAC) picked up two wins on the opening weekend. In their season opener on Friday, the Badgers defeated Vermont Tech 5-2 and ended the weekend with a 7-0 victory over UMaine-Presque Isle on Sunday. Freshman Joe Holloway led the Badgers with four goals and an assist in his first two collegiate games. The Badgers will travel to Massachusetts this weekends for games against Wheelock on Saturday and Curry on Sunday.
Lyndon will open the season at home against Vermont Tech on Wednesday.
Maine Maritime went 1-0 this season, defeating the University of New England 2-0 on Friday. Ike Doiron (Wilton, Maine) and Tom Samson (Waterville, Maine) tallied the goals for the Mariners. Maine Maritime travels to Colby on Tuesday night before heading to New York for two games on Saturday and Sunday.
New England College was in action twice this week, opening the season with a 1-1 double-overtime tie at Mitchell and then claiming a 3-2 victory over Plymouth State on Sunday in the rain. Michael Skarbelis (North Andover, Mass.) had two goals and an assist on the week, while Robbie Ferguson (Hopkinton, N.H.) picked up his first collegiate win in net with five saves. The Pilgrims host Nichols on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
Thomas finished the week 2-0 as the Terriers outscored their opponents 14-1. On Friday, they opened with an 8-1 victory over Unity as junior Adam LaBrie completed the hat trick in the first half. The offense continued on Sunday as seven different scorers led the team to a 7-0 win over Fisher (Mass.). The Terriers will face a big test on Thursday, September 7, as they travel to Endicott.