A school-record six members of the Massachusetts Maritime men’s soccer squad were named on Wednesday to the 2016 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference all-conference team in a vote of the league’s coaches.
Senior Matthew McDonough (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) and junior Mick Rouette (Three Rivers, Mass./Monson), earned spots on the first team all-conference squad as backs after anchoring a Buccaneer defensive unit that allowed just five goals in seven league matches played this fall. Rouette earned his third straight first team all-MASCAC accolade and chipped in with three goals and an assist for seven points on offense, while McDonough collected his third straight all-league honor after being named to the all-MASCAC second team in each of the last two campaigns.
Senior Scott Matoian (Mashpee, Mass./Mashpee) completes Massachusetts Maritime’s all-conference backfield trio after earning second team all-MASCAC honors, as he added a goal and assist for three points during regular season play on the offensive side as well. Junior goalie Mike Pruchnik (Rochester, Mass./Old Rochester) also collected second team all-conference honors for the Buccaneers, as he posted six wins, a 1.47 goals against average and 84 saves for an .800 saves percentage during the regular season. Pruchnik, who was tabbed as the MASCAC Player of the Week on September 19th, recorded a pair of shutouts in over 1,284 minutes played in net. Sophomore Brendan Gawron (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) and freshman Adam Crawford (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake) round out Massachusetts Maritime’s representation on the second team all-MASCAC squad at the midfield position, as Gawron led the Buccaneer regular season scoring parade with seven goals and 14 points while Crawford added a pair of tallies and three assists for seven points during his inaugural collegiate campaign. Crawford was the MASCAC’s Rookie of the Week back on September 12th and has started all 17 contests to date.
Massachusetts Maritime has earned its fourth straight post-season berth under veteran Head Coach Greg Perry, as the Buccaneers are seeded second in the MASCAC Championships and will host sixth-seeded Fitchburg State in a conference semifinal clash on Friday evening at Clean Harbors Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Perry guided his crew to seven regular season victories to go with a pair of ties, as Massachusetts Maritime finished a point behind Worcester State for the top spot in the league standings at 4-1-2.