PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Little East Conference (LEC) announced its 2017 All-Conference Men's Soccer Team and major award winners Wednesday following a vote of the league's head coaches. Western Connecticut State University junior Chauncey Allers (Wilton, Conn.) was named the 2017 Offensive Player of the Year, while head coach Joe Mingachos was named 2017 Coach of the Year. Rhode Island College senior Elimane Seye (Providence, R.I.) is the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, and Southern Maine freshman Richard Glemawu (Accra, Ghana) is the 2017 Rookie of the Year.
Allers leads the conference with 15 goals and 34 total points through his 21 games played this season. He led the LEC with five goals in seven conference regular season matches and accounted for both of the Colonials conference playoff goals to lead them to the 2017 LEC tournament title. Allers was also named a first-team all-conference selection for the second straight year, and is just the second Western Connecticut player to be named LEC Offensive Player of the Year.
Now a two-time first-team all-conference selection, Seye led a defensive unit that allowed seven goals in seven conference matches and recorded five shutouts for the year as the Anchormen claimed a share of the LEC regular season title and advanced to the conference championship game. He made his presence felt offensively as well, scoring three goals with a pair of game-winners. Seye is the second-ever Rhode Island College student-athlete to be named LEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Glemawu was named LEC Rookie of the Year after starting all but one of his 19 games played in goal for the Huskies, in which he totaled six wins, two shutouts and a league-best 127 saves. His .819 save percentage was third-best in the league this season. The second-team all-conference selection is the third Southern Maine student-athlete to be named LEC Rookie of the Year.
Mingachos was named LEC Coach of the Year for the first time after leading Western Connecticut to a 13-6-0 during the regular season, while included a share of the LEC regular season title with a 5-2-0 conference record. The Colonials went on to win their first LEC tournament title since 2005. Mingachos is the third WestConn head coach to be named LEC Coach of the Year.
|2017 LEC Men's Soccer All-Conference Team|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Chauncey Allers, Western Connecticut|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Elimane Seye, Rhode Island College|
|Rookie of the Year||Richard Glemawu, Southern Maine|
|Coach of the Year||Joe Mingachos, Western Connecticut|
|F||Komla Dogbey||Rhode Island College||Providence, R.I.|
|F||Chauncy Allers||Western Connecticut||Wilton, Conn.|
|F||William Salta||Keene State||Laconia, N.H.|
|M||Nick Rutherford||Plymouth State||Sydney, Australia|
|M||Dennis Vazquez||Rhode Island College||Providence, R.I.|
|M||Denis Martinez||UMass Boston||Chelsea, Mass.|
|M||Xavier Doran||Eastern Connecticut||Hebron, Conn.|
|D||Elimane Seye||Rhode Island College||Providence, R.I.|
|D||Marcelo Cunha||UMass Boston||Goiania, Brazil|
|D||Charlie Mull||Southern Maine||Portland, Maine|
|D||Shane Bierfeldt||Western Connecticut||Torrington, Conn.|
|GK||Ryan Murphy||Eastern Connecticut||Cromwell, Conn.|
|F||Daniel Morales||UMass Boston||San Diego, Calif.|
|F||Jerry Randolph||Plymouth State||Malmo, Sweeden|
|F||Jake Davenport||UMass Boston||Weymouth, Mass.|
|M||Joshua Khang||UMass Boston||Brockton, Mass.|
|M||Darion Richeme||Western Connecticut||Danbury, Conn.|
|M||Conor Leahy||Keene State||Beverly, Mass.|
|M||Robert Della Penna||Western Connecticut||Suffield, Conn.|
|D||Shane Pugliese||Western Connecticut||Plainville, Conn.|
|D||Dan Shaw||Plymouth State||Winchester, England|
|D||Ty Catunto||Rhode Island College||New Bedofrd, Mass.|
|D||Filip Johansson||Plymouth State||Lulea, Sweeden|
|GK||Richard Glemawu||Southern Maine||Accra, Ghana|