(FOR THE WEEK OF SEPT. 3-9)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brett Mattos, Saint Joseph's (Maine) (Senior, F - Mahopac, N.Y.)
Mattos netted three goals with a pair of game-winners last week as the senior scored the clincher in wins over USJ and Bowdoin over the weekend. The Monks' all-time leading scorer became the first SJC men's soccer player to surpass the 100-point plateau in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
Brendan Germano, Norwich (Sr., GK - Monroe Township, N.J.)
Germano stopped 17 of 20 saves on the week for an .850 save percentage, including posting a five-save performance vs. perennial regional powerhouse Middlebury to help the Cadets to a 0-0 tie, which was its first non-loss to the Panthers since 2005. He made eight saves vs. SUNY Maritime, including robbing a player at point-blank range early in the second half to preserve a 2-1 lead.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Leonardo Acosta, Suffolk (Fr., M - Miami, Fla.)
Acosta helped Suffolk secure its GNAC opener, a 3-1 victory over Rivier, Saturday with a career-high two-goal effort. He had a three-goal week overall as he also scored in a 3-2 setback against Framingham State. The freshman midfielder has recorded at least one point in three of four games in his first season in blue-and-gold. Overall, Acosta has a team-leading three goals to go along with one handout.
WEEK 2 HONOR ROLL
Nick Gutekunst, Johnson & Wales (RI) (Fr, M - East Northport, N.Y.) - Tallied a pair of goals - including his first collegiate goal - and an assist for five points in a GNAC win over Regis.
Eric Badibanga, Norwich (Fr., M - Burlington, Vt.) - Badibanga had an impressive week, scoring a goal and two assists for four points to help lead Norwich to a 1-0-2 week, including the game-winner in a 3-1 win over SUNY Maritime.
Blake Mullen, Saint Joseph's (Maine) (Senior, GK - Manchester, Conn.) - Mullen logged over 235 minutes of shutout play in helping the Monks win three games last week. The senior keeper was outstanding in a 1-0 win at Bowdoin College on Sunday with three saves and numerous scoring chances negated with his leaping grabs in the box.
|1||Riley McNicholas, JWU||Blake Mullen, SJC||Amerlin Nemeye, Norwich|
|2||Brett Mattos, SJC||Brendan Germano, NOR||Leonardo Acosta, SUF|
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