Springfield, Mass. - November 27, 2018 - Four members of the Springfield College men's soccer team were honored for their impressive performances this past season, as they each earned United Soccer Coaches All-Region accolades, which was announced on Tuesday evening.
Senior forward Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) earned First-Team All-Region honors to lead the group, while senior defender Xavi Arroyo (Concord, Mass.) was a Second-Team All-Region recipient. After an impressive season in goal for the maroon and white, senior goalkeeper Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) was named to the Third Team along with classmate and midfielder Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.). This group was instrumental in leading Springfield College to 63 wins over the past four seasons, to go along with two conference titles, a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Regular-Season Championship, and three trips to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
Springfield College was one of two teams in New England to have four student-athletes recognized, as the Pride had the most amount of student-athletes honored within it's conference. In addition to the four All-Region honorees from Springfield College, Babson had a pair, while WPI, MIT, Clark and Wheaton had one selection apiece.
Throughout the storied history of the Springfield College men's soccer program, this marks the most amount of student-athletes to earn United Soccer Coaches All-Region accolades following a season. The next closest was in 2001, when the Pride had three student-athletes recognized following their impressive years.
Schneider, who was also a NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference selection in 2018, led the Pride with 16 points on six goals and four assists on the year. The senior forward and Sport Management major at Springfield College helped the maroon and white to its second NEWMAC title in the last three seasons, as the Pride also returned to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the third-consecutive season. After scoring a late game-winning goal to lift the Pride to a 1-0 win over Babson in the conference championship game, the senior was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player for the second time in his career. Schneider also finished his career with 29 assists over the past four years, which is No. 2 all-time in program history.
Additionally, Schneider was recognized in the New England Soccer Journal's Best XI following his senior season. Of the 22 student-athletes recognized, 12 were from the New England region.
Arroyo was equally as impressive on the defensive end, as the General Studies major anchored a defensive unit that held opponents to just 0.77 goals per contest, while the Pride also produced nine shut-out victories in 2018. Playing clean defense in the back, Arroyo was only credited with one yellow card in 19 games, as he also helped the maroon and white's defensive unit hold opponents to just 10.2 shots per game.
Staying on the defensive side of the field, it was an impressive year for Frank, as the Sport Management major broke the Springfield College men's soccer program record for shutouts in a career with 27, surpassing the previous mark of 19, which was set by Derek Bostic in 2001. Frank made 58 saves on the year and produced a record of 14-4-1, while also recording a goals-against average of 0.68 and a save percentage of .817.
Deckel, a senior midfielder and Criminal Justice and Finance double major, finished his career with the Pride in impressive fashion, as he produced 15 points on six goals and three assists, as Deckel was also named a NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference honoree. Deckel, who was recognized earlier this season with CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades, holds a grade-point average of 3.97 and was an instrumental part of Springfield College's success over the past four years.