Maine Maritime forward Matthew Caron is the 2018 Men's Soccer Player of the Year, joined by teammate Joshua Reeks as the Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas College freshman Kyle Patterson is the Rookie of the Year.
In a vote of the conference coaches and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs), Husson University's Rod Ghanayem was honored as the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. Maine Maritime Head Coach Billy Shannon was selected by his peers as the Coach of the Year, and eight student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2018 All-Conference announcement.
Men's Soccer Head Coaches vote for All-Conference selections.
Junior Matthew Caron of Maine Maritime is the 2018 Men's Soccer Player of the Year. Caron dished out a league-leading seven assists and tucked 8 balls into the net for 23 points on the season. Five of those goals and four assists were in NAC play for 14 points in conference games. His goals include game winners in a 2-0 NAC win over Husson, and both goals in a 2-1 come-from-behind NAC win over UMaine-Farmington. Caron is a dominant and imposing attacking player who leads the league with 68 shots and utilizes his quickness, speed, strength and ability with the ball to outmatch opposing defenders. Caron was selected as the Player of the Week (October 1) for his dominant performances in the Mariners 2-0 Win over Husson (one goal, one assist) and their 1-0 win over NVU-Lyndon (assist).
Maine Maritime goal keeper Joshua Reeks is the 2018 NAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year. The senior goalie leads the league in several categories. Reeks stopped 64 shots and only allowed 8 shots to sneak by for goals, a NAC leading number. His save percentage (.889 overall, .931 NAC) leads the NAC, as does his impressive goals-against average of .82 over the season. Reeks played in all seven NAC games this season, starting in six and racking up 584 minutes between the posts. He is 6-0 for those starts with 4 shutout wins, making 27 saves and allowing only two goals for an impressive 0.31 goals-against average in conference play.
Thomas Collage freshman Kyle Patterson is the 2018 NAC Men's Soccer Rookie of the Year. Patterson played midfield and forward for the Terriers, leading the squad to the No. 2 seed in the NAC tournament. He doled out five assists and notched four goals of his own for a combined 13 points on the season. Patterson started in 13 games, played in 16 and contributed 35 shots, 17 of which were on the goal. He saw the field in all seven NAC games, started in five, and tallied two goals and one assist in conference games. His offensive mind and talented feet make him someone to watch in the post season, and over the next three years.
Husson University's Rod Ghanayem is the 2018 NAC Men's Soccer Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. He is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy and carries a 3.959 GPA, with only five A- grades holding him back from a perfect 4.0 GPA through seven semesters. Ghanayem has achieved at least a 3.9 and made Dean's List or President's List in every semester of the grueling program. He is a leader for his team, setting the example for how to be a healthy and successful student athlete. Ghanayem has been named to the NAC All-Academic team twice, and was recognized as the NAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week (October 29) after scoring the tying goal in a NAC quarterfinal game that set Husson up for the win that advanced them to the semifinal round. He has been a consistent contributor all four years as a member of the Eagles squad, and has two goals and four assists in the 2018 campaign.
Recognized by his peers, Maine Maritime head coach Billy Shannon is the 2018 NAC Men's Soccer Coach of the Year. Shannon's Mariners dropped only one conference contest to earn the top seed and a bye week in the NAC tournament. They are 8-6-1 overall and 6-1 in the NAC. He guided four players to spots on the 2018 All-Conference First Team, and both the Player and Defensive Player of the year in Caron and Reeks. The Mariners improved in Shannon's third year from 2017 in which the team went 5-10-3 and entered the post season as the sixth seed in the NAC tournament. The Mariners upset the third-seed Thomas College to advance to the NAC Semifinals, where the team fell to second-seed Colby-Sawyer 4-3. Shannon and the Mariners play host to the final four this weekend and look to take home the first NAC Men's Soccer title for Maine Maritime.
Joining Caron and Reeks on the All-Conference First Team are Maine Maritime teammates Evan Backus & Ryan Holmes; Adam Labrie, Justin Bell & Ben Vigue, Thomas; Robert Buonanno & Daniel Arriola, Northern Vermont-Johnson; Bryce Hayman, Husson; and Josh Geller, SUNY Canton
Joining Patterson and Ghanayem on the Second Team are John Folsom, Northern Vermont-Johnson; Edward Malinoski, Jr & Kyle Smith, SUNY Canton; Abukar Hassan, Northern Vermont-Lyndon; Andrew Longhurst, UMaine-Farmington; Dylan Bryce, Ali Essallamy & Ian Lee, Husson; and Jonathan Dutka, Thomas.
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 have positively affected the soccer culture and environment, and clearly demonstrate sportsmanship and integrity.
2018 NAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams
|First Team All-Conference|
|F- Matthew Caron||Junior||Scarborough, Maine||Maine Maritime|
|F- Robert Buonanno||Junior||Wolcott, Vermont||Northern Vermont-Johnson|
|F- Adam Labrie||Senior||Yarmouth, Maine||Thomas|
|M- Daniel Arriola||Junior||Romeoville, Illinois||Northern Vermont- Johnson|
|M- Evan Backus||Junior||Farmington, Maine||Maine Maritime|
|M- Justin Bell||Freshman||Hamilton Parish, Bermuda||Thomas|
|M- Josh Geller||Senior||Monroe, New York||SUNY Canton|
|D- Ryan Holmes||Sophomore||Newmarket, New Hampshire||Maine Maritime|
|D- Bryce Hayman||Freshman||Gray, Maine||Husson|
|D- Ben Vigue||Senior||Yarmouth, Maine||Thomas|
|GK- Joshua Reeks||Senior||Bedford, New Hampshire||Maine Maritime|
|Second Team All-Conference|
|F- Kyle Patterson||Freshman||Gorham, Maine||Thomas|
|F- Edward Malinoski Jr.||Senior||Evans Mills, New York||SUNY Canton|
|F- Kyle Smith||Senior||Evans Mills, New York||SUNY Canton|
|F- Ian Lee||Junior||Madawaska, Maine||Husson|
|M- Ali Essallamy||Freshman||Fez, Morocco||Husson|
|M- Rod Ghanayem||Senior||Orlando, Florida||Husson|
|M- Abukar Hassan||Senior||South Burlington, Vermont||Northern Vermont- Lyndon|
|D- Andrew Longhurst||Junior||Middletown, Delaware||UMaine-Farmington|
|D- Dylan Bryce||Senior||Smithburg, Maryland||Husson|
|D- John Folsom||Senior||Califon, New Jersey||Northern Vermont- Johnson|
|GK- Jonathan Dutka||Senior||Durham, New Hampshire||Thomas|
|Player of the Year
|Matthew Caron||Junior||Scarborough, Maine||Maine Maritime|
|Defensive Player of the Year|
|Joshua Reeks||Senior||Bedford, New Hampshire||Maine Maritime|
|Rookie of the Year|
|Kyle Patterson||Freshman||Gorham, Maine||Thomas|
|Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year|
|Rod Ghanayem||Senior||Orlando, Florida||Husson|
|Coach of the Year|
|Billy Shannon||Maine Maritime|
|Kevin Valesquez||Sophomore||Patchogue, New York||SUNY Canton|
|Michael Pingree||Junior||Cornish, Maine||UMaine-Farmington|
|Bryce Hayman||Freshman||Gray, Maine||Husson University|
|Evan Daigneault||Junior||Newfane, Vermont||Northern Vermont-Johnson|
|Jacob Nelson||Senior||Guildhall, Vermont||Northern Vermont-Lyndon|
|Eli Olson||Senior||Charleston, Maine||Maine Maritime Academy|
|Parker Thompson||Junior||Washburn, Maine||UMaine-Presque Isle|
|Jonathan Dutka||Senior||Durham, New Hampshire||Thomas College|
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