CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy's senior forward Matt Caron (Scarborough, Maine) has been named the 2019 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Soccer Player of the Year, while Maine Maritime's Head Coach Billy Shannon has earned NAC Men's Soccer Coach of the Year honors for the second-straight season.
Freshman goalie Trevor Gray (Gorham, Maine), senior defender Jack Davis (Belfast, Maine) and senior midfielder Evan Backus (Farmington, Maine) joined Caron on the All-NAC First Team, while junior defender Ryan Holmes (Newmarket, N.H.) and senior midfielder Dalton Moore (Hollis, Center) earned All-NAC Second Team honors and senior defender Jeremy Spiegel (West Chester, Pa.) landed a spot on the NAC Men's Soccer Sportsmanship Team.
Caron, a Marine Systems Engineering major, led the Mariners and the conference with 12 goals, 18 assists and 42 points this season, including five goals and 11 assists for 21 points in conference play. This season Caron tallied seven game-winning goals, to become the program's all-time leader in that category, including the game-winner in five-consecutive games and tallied three game-winners in conference play. In 16 total games, Caron tallied multiple points in 10 matches, and became just the third player in program history to surpass 100 career points. Caron earned NAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week honors three times this season and recorded assists on both of Maine Maritime's goals in the regular season finale against the previously conference unbeaten Thomas College Terriers, to give the Mariners the top seed and hosting rights in the NAC Tournament,
Shannon, in his fourth season, led the Mariners a 12-3-1 overall record and a 7-1 record in conference play, to claim the top seed in the NAC Tournament for the second-straight season. This season Shannon's players received 15 weekly honors including sweeping the weekly honors twice. Shannon has led the Mariners to the most wins since 1997, including a 2-1 victory over regionally ranked Bates College on October 15. Over the last two season, Shannon has steered the Mariners to a 13-2 NAC regular season record.
Gray, an International Business & Logistics major, appeared in 13 games for the Mariners, earning the start in net 12 times and racked up a 9-2 record in nearly 1,000 minutes in goal. Gray collected three complete shutouts in goal, and was part of three more shutouts, including shutouts against conference opponents Husson, SUNY Canton, NVU-Johnson, and UMaine-Presque Isle. Gray boasts an impressive 0.99 goals against average this season, and a 0.78 goals against average in conference play, while collecting 72 saves (39 NAC). Gray earned NAC Rookie of the Week honors three times and Defensive Player of the Week honors twice this season.
Davis, an International Business & Logistics major, started in all 16 games for the Mariners, and was an instrumental member of the Mariners' backline that held opponents to 1.10 goals per game, and 0.63 goals per game in conference action. Davis chipped in offensively, dishing out the assist on the game-tying goal in the Mariners' 2-1 win over UMaine-Farmington and tallying a goal in the team's 4-0 win over NVU-Lyndon. This season Davis earned NAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on September 30.
Backus, a Marine Engineering Technology major, started in all 16 games this season, tallying eight goals and three assists to rank second on the Mariners' squad with 19 points. Backus scored the game-winning goal in the Mariners' 5-0 win over NVU-Johnson on October 12. This season, Backus earned NAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on September 16 and was named the NAC Player of the Week on October 30.
Holmes, a Marine Engineering Technology major, started in all 16 games this season, tallying four goals, including the insurance goals in team's 2-0 victories over Husson and SUNY Canton. The defender was a major contributor on a defensive unit that held opponents to just 1.10 goals per game and 0.78 goals per game in conference play.
Moore, a Marine Engineering Technology major, started in all 16 games this season and ranked third on the Mariners with 13 points, recording four goals and five assists. Moore scored two goals in the Mariners' triumph over NVU-Johnson and tallied the assist on the game-winning goal in the Mariners' conference win over NVU-Lyndon as well as the assist on the insurance goal in the team's 2-0 win over SUNY Canton. Moore was named the NAC Player of the Week on September 2 after leading the team to a 1-1 tie with the University of New England in their season opener.
Spiegel, a Vessel Operations Technology major, started in eight of the 10 games he appeared in. Speigel's defensive presence helped lead the Mariners to four shutouts in his 10 games and when he was in the lineup the Mariners only allowed 0.90 goals per game. 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 positively affect the men's soccer culture and match environment by clearly demonstrating sportsmanship and integrity beyond the sport playing rules and etiquette.
NAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams
|Trevor Gray||Gorham, Maine||Fr.||Maine Maritime||Goalie|
|Andrew Longhurst||Middletown, Del.||Sr.||UMaine-Farmington||Defense|
|Jack Davis||Belfast, Maine||Sr.||Maine Maritime||Defense|
|Devonte Dawson||Yonkers, N.Y.||So.||SUNY Delhi||Defense|
|Juan Velez||Peekskill, N.Y.||So.||SUNY Delhi||Midfield|
|Drew Parsons||Farmington, Maine||Sr.||Thomas||Midfield|
|Evan Backus||Farmington, Maine||Sr.||Maine Maritime||Midfield|
|Matt Caron||Scarborough, Maine||Sr.||Maine Maritime||Forward|
|Zenawi Bowen||St. George's, Bermuda||Jr.||Thomas||Forward|
|Brody Rettle||Staten Island, N.Y.||Jr.||SUNY Delhi||Forward|
|Eric LaBrie||Yarmouth, Maine||Fr.||Thomas||Forward|
|Corey O'Toole||Colonie, N.Y.||Sr.||SUNY Delhi||Goalie|
|Ryan Holmes||Newmarket, N.H.||Jr.||Maine Maritime||Defense|
|Benjamin Vigue||Yarmouth, Maine||Sr.||Thomas||Defense|
|Kingsley Owusu||Accra, Ghana||Sr.||SUNY Canton||Defense|
|Joao Passoni||Sāo Paulo, Brazil||So.||Husson||Midfield|
|Dalton Moore||Hollis Center, Maine||Sr.||Maine Maritime||Midfield|
|Jake Heimlich||Berlin, Conn.||Sr.||UMaine-Farmington||Midfield|
|Robert Buonanno||Wolcott, Vt.||Sr.||NVU-Johnson||Midfield|
|Aibek Allan Bijanov||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||Fr.||NVU-Johnson||Forward|
|Cai Pritchard||Brighton, United Kingdom||Fr.||Husson||Forward|
|Shayne O'Neill||Dannemora, N.Y.||Fr.||SUNY Canton||Forward|
|Hamza Meer||Karachi, Pakistan||Sr.||SUNY Canton||Midfield|
|Mike Zerniak||Wolcott, N.Y.||Jr.||SUNY Delhi||Forward|
|Hunter Michaud||Somersworth, N.H.||Sr.||UMaine-Farmington||Defense|
|Bryce Hayman||Gray, Maine||So.||Husson||Defense|
|Wesley Swanson||Lowell, Vt.||Fr.||NVU-Johnson||Midfield|
|Luc Parrett||Eden Mills, Vt.||So.||NVU-Lyndon||Midfield|
|Jeremy Spiegel||West Chester, Penn.||Sr.||Maine Maritime||Defense|
|Jacob Worthley||Houlton, Maine||Jr.||UMaine-Presque Isle||Midfield|
|Princiel Kunieki||Portland, Maine||Jr.||Thomas||Midfield|
|Player of the Year||Matt Caron||Scarborough, Maine||Sr.||Maine Maritime|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Andrew Longhurst||Middletown, Del.||Sr.||UMaine-Farmington|
|Rookie of the Year||Eric LaBrie||Yarmouth, Maine||Fr.||Thomas|
|Senior Scholar Athlete||Chad Bartlett||Bradley, Maine||Sr.||UMaine-Presque Isle|
|Coach of the Year||Billy Shannon||4th||Maine Maritime|
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