Springfield, Mass. - November 7, 2017 - The Springfield College men's soccer team tied a program record with six student-athletes that earned New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference recognition, as announced by the conference offices on Tuesday afternoon. The Pride's six student-athletes recognized marks the second year in a row that Springfield College has had the most All-Conference selections among teams in the conference.
Earning NEWMAC Men's Soccer All-Conference honors, senior captain Danny Murphy (Old Saybrook, Conn.) was named First Team All-Conference along with both junior forward Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) and junior midfielder Xavi Arroyo (Concord, Mass.). Senior defenders Harrison Davis (Merrick, N.Y.), Cam Powell (Housatonic, Mass.) and junior goalkeeper Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) were all named to Second Team All-Conference.
It has been one of the best seasons in recent memory for the Pride, as Springfield College's 13-game win streak to start the season as well as the 12 shutouts are both new program records. Additionally, this marks the first time in program history that the Pride has had three student-athletes selected NEWMAC First Team All-Conference.
Murphy and Schneider have proved to be two of the most dangerous offensive weapons for the Pride this season, as the duo has combined for 32 points, including 14 assists. on the other side of the field, Arroyo, Davis, and Powell have been instrumental parts of the Pride's defense over the course of the season, helping Springfield College to an 14-1-2 record. Owning a goals-against average of 0.46, the Pride's stout defense has only given up eight goals on the year, including two to NEWMAC opponents during regular-season play.
In his first year as the Pride's starting goalkeeper, Frank started 15 games for the Pride and was able to lead the team to 12 shutouts. During his 1324 minutes in net this season, Frank made 40 saves and only allowed seven goals.
In his final season with the Pride, senior Tim Wood (Derry, N.H.) was recognized to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of his/her overall performance or statistics for the season.
Springfield College will make its second-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament this upcoming weekend as it will take on Endicott at Amherst College at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 11.