Colby-Sawyer junior Denali Sexton (Barrington, R.I.) has earned the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Soccer Player of the Year honor, while Castleton sophomore Thomas Kirk (Gloversville, N.Y.) was selected Defensive Player of the Year. Spartan teammate Jack Kingdon (Woodbury, Conn.) was tabbed Rookie of the Year, Husson senior Nic Pare (Keene, N.H.) was voted the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Thomas head coach Chris Parsons was named Coach of the Year and ten men's soccer student-athletes were selected to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2016 All-Conference announcement.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
Sexton has been a tremendous leader on and off of the pitch. In conference play, the junior tallied 15 points off of seven goals and one assist, to go along with a league-best 39 shots and 22 shots on goal. The 2014 NAC Rookie of the Year, tallied three game-winning goals this season, including one in a 2-1 victory over second seeded Castleton. Sexton leads the ninth most potent offense in the country (3.29 goals per game) with 33 points on 15 goals and three assists. The forward once again ranks among the top players in the nation, as he is currently 18th in goals, 19th in total points, 24th in goals per game (0.88) and 32nd in points per game (1.94). He has recorded at least 30 points in each of his three seasons and has earned his third-straight nod to the NAC All-Conference First Team. Sexton is Colby-Sawyer's all-time leader in career points (112) and goals (45) and is second in career assists to senior teammate Andrew Clothier.
Kirk has had a strong sophomore season for the Spartans, helping anchor a back line that posted the second-lowest goals allowed (6) and goals against average (0.67) in conference action. The defender was instrumental in helping Castleton concede less than one goal per game on average in NAC games. Impressively, Kirk and his teammates allowed just three or less shots on goal in six of the team's nine conference games. Kirk also chipped in on offense, taking a handful of the team's free kicks. He tallied one goal and one assist this year for Castleton, with his only score of the season being the game-winner against Maine Maritime to help his squad lock up the No. 2 seed in the NAC Championship Tournament.
Kingdon has enjoyed a noteworthy first season with the Spartans. In conference play, the midfielder tallied 19 points, which tied him for third in the league, while he also ranks third in goals (8) and tied for second in shots on goal (21). He netted at least one goal in six of the team's nine conference games, including a hat-trick in a win over Johnson State and the game-winner against UMaine-Farmington. Overall, he is first on his team in scoring with 23 points and has tallied a .690 shots on goal percentage. The rookie was injured early in the season, but started in 16 of Castleton's 18 games and has come on to be one of the Spartans' key players this season. Kingdon is the first Castleton freshman to reach 20 points since 2011.
Pare 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 Presidents List, the Husson All-Academic Team, the NAC All-Academic Team and as a Scholar Athlete. He is the recipient of the President's Leadership Scholarship and the 3.6 GPA and above Scholarship. He has volunteered his time with Soccer Special Olympics, at a local elementary school reading to children, and at a local non-profit Kick-it for Christ Soccer Camp. He has also assisted with the Husson University youth soccer clinics and is a member of the Eagles' Student Athlete Advisory Committee. On the pitch, he has been the cornerstone of the Eagle backfield that has allowed just over one goal per game in conference action this season. He has played in all of Husson's 51 games, starting in 50, since transferring to Husson in 2014. He was selected to the NAC All-Conference Team in 2014.
Parsons led the Terriers to a perfect 9-0 record in conference play and the top-seed in the upcoming NAC Tournament. In conference action, Thomas posted an impressive 49-4 goal differential over nine games, with four shutouts and never allowing a NAC opponent to score more than one goal in a game. Parsons' squad led the league in goals, assists (44), points (142), goals allowed, goal against average (0.44) and tied for the top in shutouts. In Division III, Thomas ranks in the top-6 in seven offensive statistical categories including third in assists per game (3.38), fourth in points per game (10.88), shots on goal per game (11.25) and total assists (54), fifth in scoring offense (3.75) and total points (174), and sixth in total goals (60). On defense, the Terriers find themselves ranked 25th in the nation with a .845 save percentage and 45th with a 0.78 goals against average. So far over six seasons at Thomas, Parsons holds a 71-32-8 overall record and has earned three NAC Championship Titles.
Joining Sexton (forward) and Kirk (defender) on the first team were Castleton senior midfielder Alex McCormick (Starkboro, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer senior defender Rick Prindiville (Hooksett, N.H.), Husson junior goalkeeper Cody Gross (Fair Lawn, N.J.), New England College senior forward Ronsard Masamba (Haverhill, Mass.) and junior defender Michael Skarbelis (North Andover, Mass.), and Thomas junior midfielder Willie Clemons (Paget, Bermuda), sophomore forward Adam LaBrie (Yarmouth, Maine), senior defender Zeon Robinson (Hamilton, Bermuda), and senior midfielder London Steede-Jackson (Hamilton Parish, Bermuda).
The NAC Men's Soccer Sportsmanship Team 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 soccer culture and 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 2016 Sportsmanship Team, Castleton senior Sawyer Shane (Morrisville, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer sophomore Jake Towle (Barnstead, N.H.), UMaine-Farmington junior Dan Bernier (Poland, Maine), Green Mountain senior Ryan Crozier(Olmsted Township, Ohio), Husson junior Josh Bellomo (Hudson, N.H.), Johnson State sophomore John Folsom (Califon, N.J.), Lyndon junior Liam Kelleher (Manchester, Vt.), Maine Maritime senior Henry Hersey (Greenville, Maine), New England College senior Derek Clark(Barrington, N.H.), and Thomas senior Joakim Sternas (Stockholm, Sweden).
2016 Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams
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F - Adam LaBrie, Sophomore, Thomas
F - Ronsard Masamba, Senior, New England College
F - Denali Sexton, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
M - Willie Clemons, Junior, Thomas
M - Alex McCormick, Senior, Castleton
M - London Steede-Jackson, Senior, Thomas
D - Thomas Kirk, Sophomore, Castleton
D - Rick Prindiville, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
D - Zeon Robinson, Senior, Thomas
D - Michael Skarbelis, Junior, New England College
GK - Cody Gross, Junior, Husson
F - Miguel Caballero, Sophomore, Husson
F - Dominic Caforia, Junior, Johnson State
F - Dalton Moore, Freshman, Maine Maritime
F - Tevin Reid, Junior, Thomas
M - Andrew Clothier, Senior, Colby-Sawyer
M - Rizy Misiri, Senior, New England College
M - Fidele Rutayisire, Freshman, Castleton
D - Nik Fahey, Senior, Lyndon
D - Ryan Holmes, Freshman, Maine Maritime
D - Paul Phillips, Senior, Castleton
D - Anthony Romeo, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
GK - Drew Martin, Junior, Thomas
Player of the Year
Denali Sexton, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
Defensive Player of the Year
Thomas Kirk, Sophomore, Castleton
Rookie of the Year
Jack Kingdon, Freshman, Castleton
Senior Scholar Athlete
Nic Pare, Senior, Husson
Coach of the Year
Chris Parsons, Sixth Season, Thomas
Josh Bellomo, Junior, Husson
Dan Bernier, Junior, UMaine-Farmington
Derek Clark, Senior, New England College
Ryan Crozier, Senior, Green Mountain
John Folsom, Sophomore, Johnson State
Henry Hersey, Senior, Maine Maritime
Liam Kelleher, Junior, Lyndon
Sawyer Shane, Senior, Castleton
Joakim Sternas, Senior, Thomas
Jake Towle, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer