Thomas senior forward Dakota Duplissie (Hampden, Maine) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Soccer Player of the Year, while New England College senior defender Brandon Currier (Merrimack, N.H.) was honored as the Defensive Player of the Year and Colby-Sawyer freshman forward Denali Sexton (Barrington, R.I.) claimed the Rookie of the Year honor to headline the 2014 All-Conference announcement. New England College head coach Dave DeCew earned the Coach of the Year honor and his Pilgrim team was voted to receive the Team Sportsmanship Award.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
Duplissie, a senior forward from Hampden, Maine, is a three-time All-Conference selection who completed the regular season as one of the top offensive threats in the conference. The leading scorer on a Thomas team that tallied a league second-best 28 goals, the senior led the NAC in goals (10), game-winning goals (4), and shots on goal (26), while also tying for first in points (22) throughout conference play. According to the most recent NCAA Division III rankings, the forward is placed within the top-25 in five different categories including being third in game-winning goals (7), seventh in goals per game (1.00), 14th in total goals (16), 21st in points per game (2.13), and 24th in total points (34). Duplissie has played in 73 games and tallied 38 goals, 14 assists, and 14 game-winning goals over his four-year career.
Currier, a senior defender from Merrimack, N.H., has been a force for the New England College backline that has given up just 24 goals this season, allowing only four goals in conference play. The two-time first-team honoree, has been a solid presence for NEC at defense starting all 18 of the team's games. The Pilgrims have recorded a league-leading six shutouts against conference opponents, while allowing 10 or less shots in nine games and six or less shots on goal in 11 games. Currier earned NAC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice this season.
Sexton, a freshman forward from Barrington, R.I., made an immediate impact for the Colby-Sawyer squad throughout his freshman campaign. The rookie netted a league second-best nine goals, tied for second in game-winning goals with three, and dished four assists, which tied him for fifth in NAC action. The forward also recorded 23 shots on goal, which was good for an impressive .561 shots on goal percentage against conference opponents. The two-time NAC Player of the Week and three-time NAC Rookie of the Week recipient started in 15 of the Chargers 19 games this season. Sexton also ranks nationally, as he is 46th in points per game (1.75) and 62nd in both goals per game (0.69) and total points (28) according to the most recent NCAA Division III rankings.
DeCew, in his 12th season guiding the New England College men's program, is being recognized for the second time as NAC Coach of the Year (2012). The NEC defense allowed the least number of goals scored in conference play (4), while tying for third in the NAC after allowing 24 goals against all opponents (1.30 GAA). Offensively, the Pilgrims tallied 305 shots, 39 goals, and 27 assists on the season, while also earning an impressive 110 corner kicks. The NEC mentor has compiled an all-time record of 112-88-24 overall.
Joining Currier (defender), Duplissie (forward), and Sexton (forward) on the first team were New England College's senior forward Sebastian Andersson (Sundyberg, Sweden) and sophomore midfielder Rizy Misiri (Concord, N.H.), Husson junior forward Phil Frost (Bangor, Maine), Castleton senior midfielder Spencer Dandurand (Colchester, Vt.), Thomas' junior midfielder Tre Ming (Devonshire, Bermuda) and junior defender Lukas Bohman (Gnesta, Sweden), Maine Maritime senior defender David Clough (Mt. Vernon, Maine), and Colby-Sawyer senior goalkeeper Nick Austin (Westerly, R.I.).
Second team selections included Husson's junior midfielder Stephen Berenyi (Levant, Maine) and sophomore defender Nic Pare (Keene, N.H.), Lyndon senior defender Youl Herjok (Bor, South Sudan), Maine Maritime's junior defender Matt Leblanc (Dayton, Maine), junior forward Jonathan Reeks (Bedford, N.H.), and senior forward Gabriel Warren (Edgecomb, Maine), Green Mountain freshman forward Jordan Manikas (Springfield, N.Y.), Castleton sophomore midfielder Alex McCormick (Starksboro, Vt.), Husson senior goalkeeper Brian Potter (Waterville, Maine), and Colby-Sawyer's sophomore defender Rick Prindiville (Hooksett, N.H.) and senior midfielder Alex Ortega (Milton, Vt.).
2014 Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams
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|F||Sebastian Andersson||Senior||New England College|
|M||Rizy Misiri||Sophomore||New England College|
|D||David Clough||Senior||Maine Maritime|
|D||Brandon Currier||Senior||New England College|
|F||Jordan Manikas||Freshman||Green Mountain|
|F||Jonathan Reeks||Junior||Maine Maritime|
|F||Gabriel Warren||Senior||Maine Maritime|
|D||Matt Leblanc||Junior||Maine Maritime|
Player of the Year - Dakota Duplissie, Thomas
Defensive Player of the Year - Brandon Currier, New England College
Rookie of the Year - Denali Sexton, Colby-Sawyer
Coach of the Year - Dave DeCew, New England College
Team Sportsmanship Award - New England College