NAC Men's Soccer Weekly Honors (Week Ending September 24)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Denali Sexton, Colby-Sawyer
(Sr., F - Barrington, R.I.)

Sexton recorded five points in a 2-0 week for the Chargers. He began the week by scoring the game's first goal, which proved to be the game-winner, then added an assist on the Chargers' second goal in a 3-0 win over intrastate rival New England College. The senior added an insurance in the team's 3-1 win over Husson on Saturday. 

 

 

 

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Shane Sacks, Colby-Sawyer
(Jr., GK - Huntington Station, N.Y.)

Sacks picked up a pair of wins in goal for the Chargers in a 2-0 week against NAC opponents. The junior made five saves to earn a clean sheet in a 3-0 victory over intrastate rival New England College. The goalkeeper then earned the victory in a 3-1 win over Husson, as he made six saves, while allowing only one goal on a penalty kick. He finished the week with 0.50 GAA and a .917 save percentage.   

 

 

 

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Ahamad Raji, Colby-Sawyer
(Fr., C - Lagos, Nigeria)

Raji netted the game-winning goal in the Chargers 3-1 victory over Husson. The rookie found the back of the net in the 38th minute to make the score 2-0. He recorded a 1.000 shots-on-goal percentage in the game, kicking two on frame.

 

 

 

 

AROUND THE NAC

Castleton went 2-0 on the week with a pair of conference victories over Green Mountain and Lyndon. Three first-year Spartans led the way in a 9-0 win against Green Mountain, as freshmen Abinash Rai, Seraphin Iradukunda, and Jacob Godfrey each notched two goals. Fidele Rutayisire netted the lone goal in the win against Lyndon and that was all the Spartans needed as Aaron Parker made six saves to earn his first shutout of the season. Castleton will face intrastate rival Norwich on Tuesday before hosting Colby-Sawyer on Saturday. 

Colby-Sawyer went 2-0 last week with both victories coming against NAC opponents. The Chargers began action with a 3-0 win over intrastate rival New England College. The team then earned a 3-1 victory over Husson on Saturday. Colby-Sawyer will return to the pitch on Saturday at Castleton. 

UMaine-Farmington went 1-1 on the week with a loss to Husson and a 3-0 win over UMaine-Presque Isle.

Green Mountain played to a 1-2 record this week. The Eagles fell to Castleton in conference play on Tuesday before coming out on the short end of a 4-0 loss to SUNY Purchase on Saturday. On Sunday, Green Mountain earned its first victory of the season with a 3-1 win over Wheelock. Cameron Book led the team with a pair of goals, while Brandon Bellissimo scored once and added an assist. The team will host Lyndon on Tuesday before playing at home against New England College on Saturday.

Husson knocked off UMaine-Farmington by 2-0 score on Tuesday Night, September 19, at Boucher Field. The goals came from Rod Ghanayem and Paxton Oversmith. The Eagles then lost to Colby-Sawyer, 3-1, on Saturday.

Johnson (6-4, 1-1 NAC) went 1-2 this past week, falling to Southern Vermont on Thursday 3-2 and dropping a NAC match against Thomas 2-0 on Saturday. The Badgers picked up a 6-0 win over Paul Smith's on Sunday. In the loss to Southern Vermont, Dominic Caforia scored both of the team's goals. On Sunday, Caforia, Rob Buonanno, and Colin Campbell each had a pair of goals in the win over Paul Smith's. Johnson will travel to Maine Maritime on Saturday and to Husson on Sunday.

Lyndon went 1-1 on the week, earning a 2-0 win over Wheelock and falling 1-0 to Castleton. The Hornets will take on Green Mountain, Husson and Maine Maritime this week.

Maine Maritime went 0-1-1 this week in NAC action, first fighting to a draw with Thomas on Tuesday and falling to New England College on Saturday 1-0. This week, the Mariners host Husson on Wednesday night before hosting Johnson and Lyndon over the weekend.

New England College opened the week by falling 3-0 to Colby-Sawyer before rallying for back-to-back shutout wins over Maine Maritime by a score of 1-0 and Newbury, 4-0. Michael Skarbelis (North Andover, Mass.) had a hat-trick for NEC in the Newbury victory, while Owen Lloyd (Somers, N.Y.) scored in the 70th minute against Maine Maritime for the three NAC points. The Pilgrims travel to Babson on Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. start. 

Thomas finished the week 1-0-1 as the Terriers continued conference action. The week began on Tuesday, as the team battled to a 1-1 draw with Maine Maritime. On Saturday, the team bounced back with a 2-0 victory on the road at Johnson. The Terriers return to the pitch on Saturday, September 30, as they travel to UMaine-Farmington for a 1:30 p.m. contest.