Men's soccer snares offensive, defensive player and goalkeeper honors
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Five Eastern Connecticut State University athletes have received honors by the Little East Conference in the first weekly report of 2011.
Freshman David Klein (New Milford) was named male cross country Rookie-of-the-Week and junior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange) copped honors as women's soccer Offensive Player-of-the-Week. Members of the men's soccer team earned three of the four weekly awards: junior forward Cory Tobler (Portland) was named Offensive Player-of-the-Week, senior back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) Defensive Player-of-the-Week and senior keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) Goalkeeper-of the-Week.
Klein excels in first race
In his first collegiate race, Klein led the Warriors at the finish line with an overall finish of eighth in a field of 43 this past Friday at the Jim Sheehan Memorial at Coggshall Park at Fitchburg, MA. Klein was timed in 27:37 over the 4.75 mile course. As a team, Eastern finished second in a field of four.
Trio leads men's soccer to 3-1 mark
Tobler contributed to five of Eastern's 12 goals in a 3-1 start with three goals (two game-winners) and two assists. He scored twice in a season-opening 3-0 win over Clarkson University, added two assists in a 4-0 win over Fitchburg State in the home-opener and the first goal in a 5-0 home win over Ramapo College.
Appel posted two full shutouts, combined on another and gave up only one goal in 350 minutes (0.26) in the team's 3-1 start. The All-New England Region keeper and NSCAA Scholar-All-America recorded full shutouts over Clarkson in the season-opener and Ramapo College and played all but the final 12 minutes of a 4-0 home-opening victory over Fitchburg State. The full shutout against Ramapo was the 22nd of his career, one shy of the program career record. Thus far, he has made 15 saves for a .930 save percentage.
A 2010 All-New England Region defender Smiles played all but 30 minutes of the team's first four matches. He anchored the defense which gave up only one goal, with only 17 of the opponents' shots ending up on goal. He also added assists in the team's two home shutout wins over Fitchburg State and Ramapo College.
The weekly LEC honor is the sixth in the career of Appel and second for Tobler. Appel was named top goalkeeper twice in 2010 and once in 2009 and top rookie twice in 2008. Tobler was Rookie-of-the-Week once in 2009.
Marchitto bright light for women's soccer
A two-time all-conference player and former LEC Rookie-of-the-year, Marchitto contributed to nearly half of the team's 13 goals in a 2-2 start with four goals and two assists. She had three goals and two assists when No. 10 nationally-ranked Eastern opened its season with home wins over Fitchburg State and Saint Joseph (CT) College at the Warrior Classic and scored the first goal of the match in a 5-2 loss to SUNY Geneseo in the second match of the Manhattanville College Valiant Classic.
The weekly LEC honor is the third in the career of Marchitto, who was selected top offensive player once last year and No. 1 rookie once in 2009.