2015 NAC Men's Soccer All-Conference: Berenyi, Ming, Nicholas & Pasic Earn Top Honors
Thomas senior midfielder Tre Ming (Devonshire, Bermuda) has earned the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Soccer Player of the Year honor, while Castleton senior goalkeeper Amir Pasic (Burlington, Vt.) was selected Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas freshman forward DJ Nicholas (Portland, Maine) was tabbed Rookie of the Year, Husson senior midfielder Stephen Berenyi (Levant, Maine) was voted the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Castleton head coach John O'Connor was named Coach of the Year and ten men's soccer student-athletes were selected to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2015 All-Conference announcement.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
Ming, a Devonshire, Bermuda native, has been a charismatic leader and team captain for the Terriers this season. In conference play, the senior tallied 23 points off of four goals and a league-leading 15 assists. With his 18 total assists on the year, the midfielder leads all NAC players for the third-consecutive season and ranks fifth in total points with 28. Ming has recorded at least one point in 11 of the 15 games in which he has played, including a career-high six on one goal and four assists in Thomas' regular-season finale. According to the most recent Division III rankings, he is currently second in the nation in total assists and assists per game (1.20). In three seasons at Thomas, Ming has started 51 of 53 games played and has accounted for 76 points on 19 goals and 38 assists. He also has five game-winning goals in his Thomas career.
Pasic, a Burlington, Vt. native, has anchored a Spartans defense this season that conceded just four goals in conference play. The senior keeper started all nine conference games in net, producing an 8-1 record with a league-best five shutouts. Against conference opponents, he helped Castleton post six-straight clean sheets and go more than 550 minutes without giving up a goal. In all games played, Pasic leads the conference in goals against average (0.640) and save percentage (.878), while ranking 18th in the nation in save percentage and 32nd in GAA. The keeper has earned four NAC Defensive Player of the Week honors this season.
Nicholas, a Portland, Maine native, has enjoyed a notable first season with the Terriers. In conference play, the forward tallied 21 points, which tied him for fourth in the league, while he also ranked third in goals (10) and tied for fourth in points (21). He is second on his team in scoring with 26 points and has netted a team-high 12 goals. He has started all 16 games for Thomas and has scored at least one goal in seven different outings, including five NAC games. Nicholas recorded two hat-tricks this season and three game-winning goals.
Berenyi, a Levant, Maine native, has been selected as the NAC's first men's soccer Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. He is being recognized for excelling academically and athletically throughout his undergraduate experience. He has proven himself as a leader on the field as well as in the classroom. The Physical Therapy major was named to the President's List, the Dean's List, the Honor's List, and is a three-year member of the Husson Athletic Department All-Academic Team. In 2014, he was named to the NAC Fall All-Academic Team and on the NSCAA East Region All-Academic Honorable Mention Team. On the field, the midfielder has tallied 16 points on six goals and four assists, including four goals, three assists, and three game-winning goals in conference play.
O'Connor led Castleton to a share of the NAC regular season title for the second time in his three seasons with the Spartans, as they went 8-1 in conference play. In NAC play, Castleton posted a 21-4 goal differential over nine games, with seven shutouts and just once allowing more than one goal in a game. In Division III, Castleton ranks 12th in the nation in save percentage (.882), 25th in shutout percentage (0.58), and 31st in goals against average (0.62). This is his second NAC Coach of the Year honor in his three seasons.
Joining Berenyi (midfielder), Ming (midfielder), and Pasic (goalkeeper) on the first team were Castleton senior defender Eric Cross (Morrisville, Vt.), junior defender Paul Phillips (Hope Valley, R.I.), and senior midfielder Jake Tietgens (Stamford, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer junior defender Rick Prindiville (Hooksett, N.H.) and sophomore forward Denali Sexton (Barrington, R.I.), Husson senior forward Phil Frost (Bangor, Maine), New England College sophomore forward Michael Skarbelis (North Andover, Mass.), and Thomas senior defender Lukas Bohman (Gnesta, Sweden).
New to the conference this season is the selection of a Sportsmanship Team which is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the men's soccer culture and game environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette. The following ten individuals have been selected to the NAC Men's Soccer Sportsmanship Team, Castleton junior Steve Koenemann (Montpelier, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer senior Zachary Anderson (Ipswich, Mass.), UMaine-Farmington senior Chris Roberts (Arundel, Maine), Green Mountain junior Ryan Crozier (Olmsted Township, Ohio), Husson's Berenyi, Johnson State sophomore Rob Wetmore (Hinesburg, Vt.), Lyndon sophomore Liam Kelleher (Manchester, Vt.), Maine Maritime senior Christopher Gilman (Old Town, Maine), New England College senior Sebastian Manteau (Pittsfield, N.H.), and Thomas' Bohman.
2015 Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams
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F - Phil Frost, Senior, Husson
F - Denali Sexton, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
F - Michael Skarbelis, Sophomore, New England College
M - Stephen Berenyi, Senior, Husson
M - Tre Ming, Senior, Thomas
M - Jake Tietgens, Senior, Castleton
D - Lukas Bohman, Senior, Thomas
D - Eric Cross, Senior, Castleton
D - Paul Phillips, Junior, Castleton
D - Rick Prindiville, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
GK - Amir Pasic, Senior, Castleton
F - Ibrahim Achekh, Sophomore, UMaine-Farmington
F - Josh Emard, Freshman, Thomas
F - Adam LaBrie, Freshman, Thomas
F - Ronsard Masamba, Junior, New England College
M - Willie Clemons, Sophomore, Thomas
M - Solo Felekeni, Junior, Castleton
M - Rizy Misiri, Junior, New England College
D - Mike Curtis, Junior, Husson
D - Uriah Forest-Bulley, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
D - Matt Leblanc, Senior, Maine Maritime
GK - Cody Gross, Sophomore, Husson
Player of the Year - Tre Ming, Senior, Thomas
Defensive Player of the Year - Amir Pasic, Senior, Castleton
Rookie of the Year - DJ Nicholas, Freshman, Thomas
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year - Stephen Berenyi, Senior, Husson
Coach of the Year - John O'Connor, Third Season, Castleton
Zachary Anderson, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
Stephen Berenyi Senior, Husson
Lukas Bohman, Senior, Thomas
Ryan Crozier, Junior, Green Mountain
Christopher Gilman, Senior, Maine Maritime
Liam Kelleher, Sophomore, Lyndon
Steve Koenemann, Junior, Castleton
Sebastian Manteau, Senior, New England College
Chris Roberts, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Rob Wetmore, Sophomore, Johnson State