Danbury, Conn. - November 29, 2016 - Luke Alvaro (Chicopee, Mass.) and Cam Powell (Housatonic, Mass.) of the Springfield College men's soccer program have been honored for their impressive 2016 campaign, as each earned Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Player of the Year honors, announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Alvaro, a senior forward and General Studies major at Springfield College, garnerned ECAC Division III New England Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Powell, a junior defender and Psychology major, was named the ECAC Division III New England Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to Alvaro and Powell receiving Player of the Year honors, Alvaro, along with junior defender Harrison Davis (Merrick, N.Y.) earned ECAC Division III New England First Team All-Star recognition.
Alvaro and Powell are just the second and third student-athletes in Division III program history to earn Regional Player of the Year honors, as Ryan Malone '15 earned ECAC Division III New England Co-Defensive Player of the Year following the 2014 season.
It was a historical season for the Pride, as Springfield College's 18 wins was a new program record, breaking the previous record of 17 wins set in 1989. Additionally, the maroon and white set the Division III program record for goals in a single season (69), fewest losses (2), and winning percentage (.881).
Earlier this year Alvaro became the second New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's Soccer Athlete of the Year from Springfield College in the last three years after an incredible year for the Pride. Alvaro had a dominating senior campaign, as he broke his own Division III program record for goals in a single season with 18. Alvaro's 37 career goals lands him third all-time in school history, while his 89 points in just three seasons places him second on the all-time list.
Powell finished the season tied for third in the league in goals (10), while also helping the Pride to holding its opponents to just 0.83 goals per game en route to earning NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2016. Leading the Pride to its first Conference Championship since 2011, Powell scored three goals in two games to help lead Springfield College hoist the cup and return to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
Davis, a Health Science major, was named an ECAC Division III New England First Team All Star after an impressive season for the Pride. was also named NEWMAC First Team All-Conference at seasons, end as he notched a goal and an assist for three points on the year.