MANSFIELD, Mass. – Eleven members of the third-ranked Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team garnered Northeast-10 All-Conference recognition Thursday afternoon, headlined by Player of the Year Sofiane Tergou (Bitche, France), Goalkeeper of the Year Nick Zucco (Ludlow, Mass.) and Defensive Player of the Year Dominic Samuel (Toronto, Ontario).
Tergou, who also earned a spot on the All-Conference First Team, is the third straight Player of the Year from Southern New Hampshire, joining Callum Williams (2014) and Pierre Omanga (2013). Tergou is the leading scorer for the Penmen with 25 points on seven goals and 11 assists following his performance in a 3-0 NE-10 Championship quarterfinal victory against Saint Michael's College on Tuesday in which he tallied a goal and an assist. The graduate student midfielder ranks second in the league in assists, fourth in points and 11th in goals.
Zucco's statistical performance backs up his appointment as the league's Goalkeeper of the Year and an All-Conference First Team selection as he ranks first in wins (13), shutouts (7), goals allowed (8) and goals-against average (0.56), while placing second in save percentage (.840). The senior made five saves in the quarterfinal shutout of Saint Michael's, including a big penalty kick stop to keep the Purple Knights off the board.
Samuel, in addition to contributing to the league's lowest GAA, has also provided for the Penmen on offense as he has tallied six points on three goals. His goal against Franklin Pierce University on Sept. 30 proved to be the difference in 1-0, Northeast-10 Conference, triumph over the Penmen's in-state rivals. This marks the senior's third consecutive appointment to the NE-10 First Team and his fourth time being an All-Conference selection.
Senior back Jonathan Lupinelli (Mont de Marsan, France) joined the trio on the All-Conference First team. Another of Southern New Hampshire's stellar defenders, Lupinelli has registered eight points on eight assists, which rank third in the conference. The senior's two helpers against Saint Michael's were key in Southern New Hampshire advancing to the semifinal round.
Senior Sebastian Stezewski (New Britain, Conn.) grabbed a place on the Second Team despite ranking as one of the top forwards in the league with nine goals and three assists for 21 points. Stezewski, who sank Saint Michael's with a goal in the fourth minute that would stand as the game winner, paces the conference with six game-winning goals, sits fifth in overall goals and is ninth in points.
Senior back Jaytoe Teh (Springfield, Mass.) also found a spot on the Second Team. Teh has been solid on the backline for the Penmen and has also contributed a goal and two assists for four points.
Junior forward Michael Rowley (Cooperstown, N.Y.), graduate student forward Rayane Boukemia (Strasbourg, France) and graduate student midfielder Kyle Logan (Shelburne, Vt.) were all selected to the Third Team. Rowley is the team's third leading scorer with 16 points on seven goals and two assists, while Boukemia is just behind with 16 points on seven goals and two assists. Logan has contributed to the Southern New Hampshire transition game, supplementing the stout defense and moving the ball ahead to get it onto the foot of those skilled attacking forwards.
Freshmen midfielders Claude Diesse (Brossard, Quebec) and Tyler Bivona (Rome, N.Y.) rounded out the Southern New Hampshire award winners with selections to the All-Rookie Team. Diesse has notched six points on two goals and two assists, with all of it coming over the previous five matches. Another Penmen that aides in the transition game, Bivona has one goal for two points.
The top-seeded Penmen (16-1-1) return to action Friday, Nov. 6 (7 p.m.) when they play host to fourth-seeded Bentley University in a Northeast-10 Championship semifinal at Larkin Field.
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