NAC Tournament: The Mariners claimed the top seed in the conference tournament after posting a 6-1 record in North Atlantic Conference play and earned the right to host Saturday and Sunday's NAC Championship Tournament.
2018 NAC MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start times and dates are subject to change
Quarterfinals • Saturday, October 27
No. 4 NVU-Johnson 0 vs. No. 5 SUNY Canton 5
No 3. Husson 2 vs. No. 6 UMaine-Farmington 1
Semifinals • Saturday, November 3 (at Maine Maritime)
No. 5 SUNY Canton vs. No. 1 Maine Maritime - 2:00 p.m.
No. 3 Husson vs. No. 2 Thomas - 4:30 p.m.
Championship – Sunday, November 4 (Maine Maritime)
Semifinal winners - 2:30 p.m.
Maine Maritime's Post Season History Against Teams in the Tournament: This is the first-ever meeting between Maine Maritime and SUNY Canton in the NAC Tournament. The Mariners have faced both Thomas and Husson three times. Most recently the Mariners faced Thomas last season in the NAC Quarterfinals, upsetting the higher-seeded Terriers, 1-0. The Mariners have faced off against the Terriers twice in the quarterfinals, and once in the semifinals, while they have faced the Eagles twice in the semifinals and once in the quarterfinals. Maine Maritime is 2-1 in the post season against Thomas and 0-3 against Husson.
The Mariners: Under the direction of NAC Coach of the Year, Billy Shannon, in his third season, the Mariners compiled an 8-6-1 overall record. The Mariners went 6-1 against NAC opponents. This is the first time the Mariners have entered the NAC Tournament as the top seed.
Matthew Caron (Scarborough, Maine) leads the Mariners with eight goals and seven assists this season, while Joshua Reeks (Bedford, N.H.) leads the Mariners in net with 64 saves and a .889 save percentage.
The Terriers: This season the Terriers went 12-4-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the conference, to claim the second seed. Chris Parsons is guiding the Terriers in his eighth season at the helm of the program.
Adam LaBrie and Josh Morrissey lead Thomas with six goals each, while Kyle Patterson leads the team with five assists. In net, Jonathan Dutka leads the way with 56 saves and an .812 save percentage.
The Eagles: The Eagles went 8-8-3 overall this season and 5-1-1 in conference play to claim the third seed. Gavin Penney leads the Eagles in his third season as Head Coach and fifth overall with the program. The Eagles enter the semifinals after coming from behind in their quarterfinal matchup against UMaine-Farmington last Saturday.
Ian Lee leads the Eagles with six goals, while Rod Ghanayem leads the Eagles with four assists. Kyle Townsend leads the Eagles with 52 saves, and a .693 save percentage.
The Kangaroos: New NAC member, SUNY Canton enters the Tournament after posting a 8-9-2 overall record and a 4-3 conference record. The Kangaroos are led by Head Coach Tim Penrod in his sixth season. The Roos enter the Semifinals, after upsetting the fourth-seeded Badgers of NVU-Johnson last Saturday.
Edward Malinoski, Jr. leads Canton with 11 goals, while Kevin Velasquez leads the team with seven assists. In net, Mouhammed Thiam leads the team with 59 saves and a .728 save percentage.
NAC Honors: The Mariners were heavily honored in the NAC All-Conference awards as Matthew Caron earned NAC Player of the Year honors and teammate Joshua Reeks earned NAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Head Coach Billy Shannon grabbed Coach of the Year honors.
Husson's Rod Ghanayem grabbed Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year honors and Thomas' Kyle Patterson earned Rookie of the Year Honors.
What's Next? The NAC Champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.