MANSFIELD, Mass. – Head coach Elie Monteiro and senior Rianna Fasanello (E. Bridgewater, Mass.) of the Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team were crowned with major awards as the Northeast-10's head coaches recognized 10 Penmen with All-Conference honors Friday.
Monteiro was named the NE10 Coach of the Year for the first time, in his fourth season leading the Penmen. Monteiro guided SNHU to the No. 2 seed – the program's highest finish ever since joining the league in 2000 – after being picked to place sixth in the preseason and slotting in eighth a year ago. Southern New Hampshire has lost just twice in 19 matches this season (13-2-4) and posted a 9-1-4 mark in conference play. SNHU has given up a league-low 10 goals on the year and ranks third in goals scored (33). The Penmen are 8-0-1 at home and have allowed just one goal in 830:00 of action at Larkin Field.
Fasanello was selected as the NE10 Defensive Player of the Year after starting all 19 matches and anchoring that stingy Penmen back line. Fasanello, who was named the NE10 Defensive Player of the Week a conference-best three times this season, also registered two points on a goal – the first of her career that helped Southern New Hampshire edge Assumption College, 1-0, Oct. 17 and also earn her recognition on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays with the No. 4 play of the night.
Senior Trisha Luis (Lowell, Mass.) joined Fasanello on the NE10 All-Conference First Team with the fourth All-Conference selection of her career. After being tabbed for the All-Rookie Team as a freshman, Luis made the Second Team as a sophomore and Third Team last year. The forward started 18 of the 19 matches she played in this season, leading the league in both goals (9) and points (21), while ranking third in assists (3). Luis, the Oct. 2 NE10 Player of the Week, also checked in third in the NE10 in both goals and points, while tying for the league lead with five game-winning tallies. Luis notched a point in 11 of 19 matches and scored a goal in eight different contests.
Senior Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine) improved on her Third Team honor a year ago with a selection to the Second Team. The forward started 16 of the 19 matches she suited up in, registering 15 points on four goals and a team-high seven assists. Maker, who tied for the league lead in helpers, has tallied two goals and an assist for seven points during the last three matches. She set up the game-winning goal in the 85th minute of a 2-1 win at 23rd-ranked Mercy College on Oct. 25, then netted the equalizer in the 73rd minute to force a 1-1 tie with the College of Saint Rose that clinched the Penmen the No. 2 seed on Oct. 28 and then potted the game-winning goal in SNHU's 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Assumption on Tuesday.
Maker was joined on the second team by her midfield teammates, junior Ariana Silvia (Brockton, Mass.) and sophomore Shae Roys (No. Billerica, Mass.). Silvia earns her first NE10 All-Conference nod after starting all 19 games and producing seven points on two goals and three assists. Roys, who found a spot on both the Third Team and All-Rookie Team a year ago, started 18 of the 19 matches she started, posting two goals and an assist for five points.
Senior Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.) garnered the first All-Conference selection of her career, being named to the Third Team, despite being ranked at or near the top of the league in every major goalkeeping statistical category. The Oct. 30 NE10 Goalkeeper of the Week, Salmon was arguably the best 'keeper in the conference all season, but not according to the league's coaches. Statistics say otherwise, however, as she led the league in GAA (0.50), shutouts (11) and minutes played (1794:08), while ranking second in wins (13), third in save percentage (.859) and ninth in total saves (61). Salmon, who started all 19 matches and played every single second in net, places sixth, nationally, in minutes played, and ranks inside the top 20 in the country in GAA and top 30 in save percentage.
Senior Courtney Benson (Hopkinton, N.H.) and junior Samantha Sparda (Scarborough, Maine) also were tabbed for the Third Team. Benson played in 18 matches with 16 starts in the midfield, ranking second on the team in goals (5) and assists (4), as well as third in points (14). Sparda, meanwhile, started all 19 matches as part of the frugal defensive unit.
Freshman Allyson Patterson (Seekonk, Mass.) received an All-Rookie Team nod after playing in 18 matches, including three starts. She registered three goals for six points, while helping to facilitate the offense in the midfield.
The second-seeded Penmen return to action Friday, Nov. 3 (4 p.m.) when they play host to sixth-seeded Assumption College in a Northeast-10 Championship semifinal match at Larkin Field.
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