UMass Lowell Takes Home Five #AEMSOC Awards to Highlight Annual Honors
BOSTON — After winning its first regular-season title in program history, the UMass Lowell River Hawks took home five of the six major awards as the 2016 America East Men’s Soccer All-Conference teams and major award winners were announced Friday. The awards, along with the all-conference teams, were determined in a vote by the league’s nine head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.
The River Hawks claimed Rookie of the Year (Ivan Abramovic), Striker of the Year (Wuilito Fernandes), Defender of the Year (Eric Martin), Goalkeeper of the Year (Austin Kroll) and Coaching Staff of the Year. New Hampshire senior Chris Wingate was named the conference’s Midfielder of the Year.
Striker of the Year
Wuilito Fernandes, Sr., F, UMass Lowell
- Ranked second in the conference during league play with 11 points, tallying four goals and three assists.
- Totaled 11 goals and five assists on the season, helping UMass Lowell to a 13-1-2 overall record.
- Five of his 11 goals were game-winners.
Midfielder of the Year
Chris Wingate, Sr., M, New Hampshire
- Named Midfielder of the Year for the second-straight season.
- Currently ranked eighth in the conference with 15 points (four goals and seven assists).
- Four of his assists came during league play, helping UNH finish tied for third in the conference standings.
Defender of the Year
Eric Martin, Sr., B, UMass Lowell
- Anchored a UMass Lowell defense that led the league with a 0.71 goals against average.
- Helped the River Hawks surrender just five goals during league play.
- Started all 16 games and led UMass Lowell with 1,515 minutes played.
Goalkeeper of the Year
Austin Kroll, Jr., GK, UMass Lowell
- Allowed just nine goals in 15 games in net for the River Hawks, making 37 saves.
- Led the America East in both goals against average (0.62) and save percentage (.804).
- Surrendered just four goals during league play and had a pair of shutouts.
Rookie of the Year
Ivan Abramovic, R-Fr., F, UMass Lowell
- Led all freshmen and ranked fourth in the conference in scoring with 26 points (nine goals, eights assists).
- Totaled eight points during league play with three goals and two assists.
- Tied for the league lead with six game-winning goals.
Coaching Staff of the Year
UMass Lowell (Head coach: Christian Fiegueroa)
- After being picked last in the preseason coaches’ poll, the River Hawks won their first-ever America East regular season title.
- Finished the year with a 13-1-2 record, which ranks among the top-5 winning percentages in the country.
- The River Hawks were No. 13 in the NSCAA poll and No. 4 in the RPI as of Nov. 1.
Twenty-two players earned All-Conference recognition while 11 were All-Rookie choices and 11 garnered All-Academic recognition. View a complete list of All-Conference, All-Rookie & All-Academic selections.
The 2016 America East Championship begins on Saturday, Nov. 5 with two quarterfinal games at 1 p.m. as No. 3 Vermont hosts No. 6 Binghamton and No. 4 New Hampshire hosts No. 5 Hartford. No. 1 Stony Brook and No. 2 Albanywill host semifinal games on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will air live for free on AmericaEast.TV. The 2016 title game will be held on Nov. 13 at the highest remaining seed and will be broadcast on ESPN3 for the second-straight year. or more information on the 2016 America East Championship, visit the Championship Central page at www.AmericaEast.com.