MANSFIELD, Mass. – Freshman Sinisa Sprecakovic (Mannheim, Germany) of the Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team was chosen as the Northeast-10 Co-Rookie of the Year, as the league office announced its end-of-the-season accolades Monday. Sprecakovic was one of eight Penmen to earn honors from the conference.
Sprecakovic, the Sept. 23 and Nov. 4 NE10 Rookie of the Week, becomes the third Penmen to win the league's top rookie honor and first since Ruben Resendes in 2009. Sprecakovic, who also earned a spot on the NE10 All-Conference Second and All-Rookie Team, started 13 of the 16 matches he played in and led the team across the board with 22 points on eight goals and six assists. Sprecakovic ranks fourth in the NE10 in points, while tying for fifth in assists and sixth in goals. Amongst the league's freshmen, he sits first in points and second in both goals and assists. Sprecakovic shared the Rookie of the Year honor with Hilmar Halldorsson of the College of Saint Rose. In 17 matches, Halldorsson scored nine goals and handed out an assist for 19 points.
Juniors Kiko Hernandez (Madrid, Spain) and Jannik Mohr (Koblenz, Germany) were both NE10 All-Conference First Team selections. Hernandez, who was a Third Team pick as a freshman and a Second Team choice last year, played an integral role in the midfield, where he started all 15 matches he played this season and dished an assist for one point. Mohr, a Third Teamer a year ago, started all 15 contests he suited up for and helped anchor a back line that ranked fifth in the NE10 in goals-against average (1.32) and goals allowed (22). The captain also contributed offensively, racking up four goals for eight points.
Joining Sprecakovic on the Second Team were graduate students Alex Satrustegui (San Sebastian, Spain) and João Brum (Ribeira Grande, Portugal). Satrustegui, a First Team selection in each of his two previous seasons with the Penmen, as well as the NE10 Player of the Year in 2018, battled through injury to start nine of the 13 matches he played in. Satrustegui managed to score six goals and hand out a pair of assists for 14 points. Brum started 13 of the 14 matches he played in, tying Satrustegui for fourth on the team with 14 points on five goals and four assists.
Senior Michael Goncalves (Ludlow, Mass.) was named to the Third Team for the first All-Conference accolade of his career. Goncalves, who played in 15 games, including 12 starts, placed second on the team in points with 16, while scoring six goals and dishing four assists.
Freshman Lianick Comba (Montfermeil, France) and redshirt-sophomore Rafael Raposo (No. Dartmouth, Mass.) joined Sprecakovic on the All-Rookie Team. Both players started nine games on the back line, while playing in 12 and 11 matches, respectively.
The Penmen (9-4-4) earned the No. 3 seed for the NE10 Championship following a 7-3-2 mark in league play. SNHU tied Saint Rose, 0-0, in the quarterfinals, but fell in penalty kicks, 6-5. Southern New Hampshire now awaits a potential at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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