WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University soccer teams have been recognized by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of American (NSCAA) for their successes on the playing field and in the classroom.
The Eastern men's soccer team was awarded an NSCAA Team Academic Award as one of 226 member Division I, II and III member institutions to record an overall grade-point average of at least 3.00 for the 2011/12 academic year. Eastern's GPA was 3.03.
In addition, three members of the Eastern men's program and two women's team members were recognized with NSCAA All-New England honors for 2012.
For the men, senior forward Matt Furman (Montville) was voted to the first team and senior defender Bradley Fletcher (Middletown) and senior keeper Jordan Munsell (Waterford) were second-team selections. As a sophomore in 2010, Furman was named to the second team.
For the women, senior forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange) repeated as a fourth-team selection and defender Gia Karahalios (South Windsor) became only the third freshman - first since 1998 - to gain all-region accolades when she joined Marchitto on the fourth team.
A three-time first-team All-Little East Conference selection and 2012 LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Year, Furman helped the Warriors to a record 17-1-2 record and No. 4 regional ranking by leading the Warriors with 13 goals and 31 points.
A three-time LEC all-conference pick and 2012 conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year, Fletcher started all 20 matches and averaged 92 minutes per match.
In his first season as a starter, Munsell gained all 20 of the team's decision and played all but 43 minutes in net. He recorded eight full shutouts and started all nine, registering a 0.69 goals-against average and .829 goals-against average.
In addition to NSCAA regional honors, Furman was voted to the ECAC All-New England team as one of only 14 selections - the only one from the Little East Conference.
Marchitto led the 9-6-3 Warriors in goals (10) and points (24). She is a four-time all-conference selection, 2011 LEC Offensive Player-of-the-Year and 2009 LEC Rookie-of-the-Year.
Karahalios was this year's LEC Rookie-of-the-Year and a first-team all-conference selection when she was one of only three players on the team to start all 18 matches. She averaged 83.0 minutes per match and helped the Warriors to six shutouts and a 1.06 goals-against average. Prior to this year, the only all-region freshman picks from Eastern were second-teamer Julia Neilson in 1998 and second-teamer Anna Werfel in 1988.