PAWUCKET, R.I. – The 2018 Little East Conference (LEC) men's soccer major awards and all-conference selections were announced Wednesday following a vote of the league's nine head coaches. Western Connecticut senior forward Chauncey Allers (Wilton, Conn.) was named the LEC Offensive Player of the Year, while Eastern Connecticut junior back Nick Starkowski (Marlborough, Conn.) and freshman forward Patrick Agyemang (East Hartford, Conn.) were named LEC Defensive Player of the Year and LEC Rookie of the Year, respectively. Eastern Connecticut's staff was named the LEC Coaching Staff of the Year.
Allers led the LEC in scoring with 22 goals and nine assists for 53 total points during the regular season; his 22 goals were the most in the league, while his nine assists were the second-highest total. WestConn's all-time leading scorer added two more goals as the Colonials captured their second straight LEC tournament title, scoring the game-winner in overtime to beat Castleton in the first round and netting the game-tying goal in the tournament final win over Keene State. He is the first player in program history to earn multiple LEC Offensive Player of the Year awards.
Starkowski led a defense that allowed just 16 goals during the regular season, and only yielded five goals over eight conference matches. He is the seventh player in program history to be named LEC Defensive Player of the Year, the last being Emmanuel Caicedo in 2016.
Agyemang led the Eastern Connecticut in scoring after totaling nine goals and three assists for 21 points in his first collegiate season. He is the fourth player in program history to be named the LEC Rookie of the Year, the most recent being Bradley Fletcher in 2009.
Led by head coach Greg DeVito, the Warriors went 15-3-0 overall and won the LEC regular season title with a near-perfect 7-1-0 ledger in conference play.
The complete list of all-conference selections can be found below.
|2018 LEC Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams|
|Offensive Player of the Year||Chauncey Allers||Western Connecticut|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Nick Starkowski||Eastern Connecticut|
|Rookie of the Year||Patrick Agyemang||Eastern Connecticut|
|Coaching Staff of the Year||Eastern Connecticut|
|First Team All-Conference|
|Forward||Chauncey Allers||Sr.||Western Connecticut||Wilton, Conn.|
|Forward||Seraphin Iradukunda||So.||Castleton||Burlinton, Vt.|
|Forward||Patrick Agyemang||Fr.||Eastern Connecticut||East Hartford, Conn.|
|Midfield||Justin Jensen||Jr.||Eastern Connecticut||Wethersfield, Conn.|
|Midfield||Robert Della Penna||Sr.||Western Connecticut||Suffield, Conn.|
|Midfield||Darion Richme'||Sr.||Western Connecticut||Danbury, Conn.|
|Midfield||Dennis Vazquez||Sr.||Rhode Island College||Providence, R.I.|
|Defense||Nick Starkowski||Jr.||Eastern Connecticut||Marlbotough, Conn.|
|Defense||Yuran Teixeira||So.||UMass Boston||Praia, Cape Verde|
|Defense||Spencer Ranno||Jr.||Western Connecticut||Sherman, Conn.|
|Defense||Jonata Mbongo||So.||Southern Maine||Portand, Maine|
|Goalkeeper||Daniel Szabo||So.||Western Connecticut||Trumbull, Conn.|
|Second Team All-Conference|
|Forward||Griffin Luczek||Jr.||Eastern Connecticut||Lee, N.H.|
|Forward||Raffi DeSouza||Jr.||UMass Boston||Watertown, Mass.|
|Forward||Wesley McIntosh||Fr.||Keene State||Bedofrd, N.H.|
|Midfield||Edson Marques||Sr.||UMass Boston||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Midfield||Eric Murakami||Sr.||UMass Boston||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Midfield||Matthew Restrepo||So.||Western Connecticut||Bridgeport, Conn.|
|Midfield||Will Toomey||Fr.||Eastern Connecticut||Willington, Conn.|
|Defense||Isaiah Lovering||So.||Keene State||Henniker, N.H.|
|Defense||Joao Correia||Sr.||UMass Dartmouth||Peabody, Mass.|
|Defense||Dan Shaw||Sr.||Plymouth State||Winchester, England|
|Defense||Brendan D'Arcy||So.||Eastern Connecticut||West Hartford, Conn.|
|Goalkeeper||Omar Castro-Dreher||Jr.||UMass Boston||Woonsocket, R.I.|