Springfield, Mass. - November 8, 2016 - The Springfield College men's soccer team had a program record six student-athletes earn New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference recognition, as announced by the conference offices on Tuesday afternoon.
Highlighting the six student-athletes is senior forward and captain Luke Alvaro (Chicopee, Mass.), who was named the 2016 NEWMAC Men's Soccer Athlete of the Year, while junior defender Cam Powell (Housatonic, Mass.) earned NEWMAC Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Earning NEWMAC Men's Soccer Athlete of the Year honors, Alvaro was also named First Team All-Conference along with junior defender Harrison Davis (Merrick, N.Y.), while Powell, sophomore forward Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.), sophomore midfielder Xavi Arroyo (Concord, Mass.) and junior midfielder Danny Murphy (Old Saybrook, Conn.) were all named to Second Team All-Conference.
It has been a historical season for the Pride, as Springfield College's 18 wins is a new program record, breaking the previous record of 17 wins set in 1989. Additionally, the maroon and white is amidst a seven-match win streak, and has set the Division III program record for goals in a single season (69).
Alvaro, a General Studies major at Springfield College, becomes the second NEWMAC Men's Soccer Athlete of the Year from Springfield College in the last three years, as following the 2014 season, Ryan Malone '15 earned the honor after an incredible year for the Pride. Alvaro had a dominating senior campaign, as he broke his own Division III program record for goals in a single season with 18. Alvaro currently ranks No. 1 in the NEWMAC in goals (18) and points (41).
Powell, a junior Psychology major at Springfield College, is currently tied for third in the league in goals (10), while also helping the Pride to holding its opponents to just 0.83 goals per game. This past weekend, Powell scored three goals in two games to help lead Springfield College to its first NEWMAC Championship since 2011.
Murphy and Schneider have proved to be two of the most dangerous offensive weapons for the Pride this season, as the duo has combined for 40 points, including 22 assists. Murphy, who posted his 12th and 13th assist this past weekend, is now the overall program record holder for assists in a single season, breaking Ed Greene's record of 11 set in 1989.
Davis and Arroyo have been instrumental parts of the Pride's defense over the course of the season, helping Springfield College to an 18-1-1 record. Owning a goals-against average of 0.83, the Pride's stout defense has only given up 17 goals on the year.
In his second season with the Pride, sophomore Keon Haji (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was recognized to the Inaugural NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. New to the conference this year, the award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of his/her overall performance or statistics for the season.
The Pride will compete in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship Tournament on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. when it takes on Tufts University.