Phil Saunders made four saves and shut out UMass Lowell to earn Player of the Week honors.
Phil Saunders made four saves and shut out UMass Lowell to earn Player of the Week honors.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Pair of Goalkeepers Garner #AEMSOC Weekly Accolades

Release: 11/04/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  - Goaltenders from the top two teams in the America East men's soccer season are the conference's award winners this week as the regular season winds down:

Player of the Week
Phil Saunders, Sr., UMBC
Perry Hall, Md.

  • Saunders made four stops, including three from close range, to lift #7 UMBC to a 2-0 win at UMass Lowell Saturday.
  • The shutout was Saunders' third in a row and fifth of the year.

Rookie of the Week
Giovanni Riello, Fr., New Hampshire
Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Picked up two wins in net for the Wildcats last week.
  • Made seven saves in the two games, including four in a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Dartmouth Wednesdat and three in a 2-0 win over Binghamton Saturday.
  • For the week, Riello had a 0.50 GAA and .875 save percentage.

Around the League

  • UMBC (13-1-2, 4-0-2, 14 pts AE) clinched a bye to the semifinal round of the America East Championship with its 2-0 win over UMass Lowell.
  • The Retrievers can win the league's regular-season title with a win over Stony Brook Wednesday or a UNH loss or tie.
  • UMBC would share the regular-season crown it ties Stony Brook and UNH beats Vermont, but would be the No. 1 seed.
  • The Retrievers are ranked sixth in the latest Top Drawer Soccer Top 25, No. 7 in the latest NSCAA Coaches' Poll, 10th in the College Soccer News Poll.
  • UMBC ranks 13th nationally in scoring offense (2.0 gpg).
  • UNH (11-5-0, 4-2-0, 12 pts AE) beat Binghamton, 2-0, Saturday, its eighth shutout of the year.
  • The Wildcats, whose 11 wins are their most since 2006, can clinch the regular-season crown and No. 1 seed for the conference tournament with a win and a UMBC loss to Stony Brook Wednesday.
  • UNH, Hartford and Vermont all clinched tournament berths on Saturday.
  • Hartford (11-3-3, 3-2-1, 10 pts AE) beat Albany 1-0 behind Damion Lowe's goal Saturday.
  • Hartford's 10 wins are its most 2003.
  • Vermont (9-3-4, 3-2-1, 10 pts AE) got an overtime score from Scott Kisling to beat Stony Brook 1-0 Saturday.
  • Albany (4-10-4, 2-3-1, 7 pts AE), Binghamton (3-8-5, 1-2-3, 6 pts AE) and Stony Brook (6-9-1, 1-4-1, 4 pts AE) are fighting for the final two tournament spots.
  • The Great Danes face the Bearcats Wednesday while the Seawolves take on UMBC.
  • America East teams are an impressive 41-33-10 (.548) in non-league play this season.

2013 America Men's Soccer Weekly Award Winners
Sept. 3 - Player of the Week: Pete Caringi III, UMBC
              Rookie of the Week: Favio Sbarra, Stony Brook
        9 - Player of the Week: Pete Caringi III, UMBC
             Rookie of the Week: Brian Wright, Vermont
      16 - Player of the Week: Stephen Ho, UMBC
             Rookie of the Week: David MacKinnon, Hartford
      23 - Player of the Week: Geaton Caltabiano, UMBC
             Rookie of the Week: Bernard Yeboah, Vermont
      30 - Player of the Week: Will Casey, Stony Brook
             Rookie of the Week: Wuilito Fernandes, UMass Lowell
Oct. 7 - Player of the Week: Martin Giordano, Stony Brook
             Rookie of the Week: Brian Wright, Vermont
      14 - Player of the Week: Ugochukwu Uche, New Hampshire
             Rookie of the Week: Logan Roberts,  Binghamton
      21 - Player of the Week: Homero Morais, UMass Lowell
             Rookie of the Week: Leonardo Rodrigues, Albany
      28 - Player of the Week: Omar Tall, Hartford
             Rookie of the Week: Jonathan Interiano, Albany

Nov. 4 - Player of the Week: Phil Saunders, UMBC
             Rookie of the Week: Giovanni Riello, New Hampshire