Men's Soccer All-Conference Selections Released
Purdy Becomes First Cardinal to Earn Player of the Year Honors
HADLEY, Mass. – Wesleyan goalkeeper
Adam Purdy has been selected as the 2012
NESCAC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. With Purdy
leading the way, the Cardinals posted a 6-2-2 record in league play
and earned their fifth NCAA Tournament berth in the last eight
seasons. The captain has amassed seven shutouts this year, giving
him 31 in his remarkable four-year career at Wesleyan. He became
the first player in program history to garner NESCAC Player of the
No stranger to postseason accolades, Purdy was voted to the All-NESCAC First Team for the third time (2009, 2010, 2012). Over the course of his career with the Cardinals, he has started all 68 games, logging 6,357 minutes. He has posted a goals against average of 0.69 and a save percentage of .846 en route to an overall record of 40-17-11. Purdy took home NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors in 2009.
This season has been no different for the Montclair, N.J. native. He is among the league leaders in goals against average (0.54), save percentage (.857) and saves (54). In addition, he has held opponents scoreless in seven of Wesleyan’s nine wins. Purdy enjoyed a shutout streak of 500 consecutive minutes in the middle of the season.
One year after earning NESCAC Player of the Year honors, Amherst senior Spencer Noon returned to the First Team for the second straight season. The forward currently leads the league with 11 goals and 27 points. With Noon leading the way, the Lord Jeffs secured their second straight NESCAC title over the weekend and locked up a First Round bye in the NCAA Tournament. The 2010 Second Teamer has recorded four game-winners thus far this season.
Joining Noon as First Team forwards are sophomore Maxime Hoppenot of Tufts and junior Billy Hawkey of Connecticut College. Hoppenot’s outstanding production on the offensive end has put the Jumbos back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. He is among the league leaders in both points (17) and goals (7) and has also dished out three assists. Meanwhile, Hawkey amassed a team-best 15 points on five goals and two assists for the Camels.
Wesleyan senior Rory O’Neill was voted to the All-NESCAC First Team for the second straight season, while Colby senior Andrew Meisel and Trinity senior Anthony El-Hachem were both promoted from last year’s Second Team. All three midfielders led their respective teams in scoring during the regular season. O’Neill has scored five times and assisted on another. Meanwhile, Meisel and El-Hachem closed out their seasons with seven and 11 points, respectively. Senior Peter Christman was also named to the First Team after collecting five points for Williams, which entered the NESCAC Championship as the top seed. The Ephs will be looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season when NCAA Tournament play begins this weekend.
Defensively, the First Team features three backs who have earned All-Conference recognition before. Amherst senior Chris Lerner has started all 17 games and has three assists to his credit. He was at his best on Sunday, when he set up both goals in the Lord Jeffs’ 2-0 win over Williams. Lerner was also a First Team selection last fall. Bowdoin junior Ben Brewster was on the 2011 Second Team and was the 2010 Rookie of the Year. He was a mainstay for the Polar Bears this season, starting all 15 games and contributing a goal and three assists. Senior Matt Ratajczak of Williams appeared on the 2011 First Team and 2010 Second Team and has two goals this year.
Mohammed Rashid of Williams was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year. The forward has made an immediate impact for the Ephs, recording a team-best 13 points on four goals and five assists. His five helpers are tied for the second most in the league.
Mike Russo of Williams was named NESCAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time. Now in his 34thyear guiding the Ephs, he has posted 29 consecutive winning seasons. He also earned the honor in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2006.
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