Seven Massachusetts Maritime student-athletes were honored on Wednesday by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference with selection to the league’s 2014 all-conference and sportsmanship teams in the sports of men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball.
Senior midfielder Rob Robbs (Braintree, Mass./Braintree), sophomore goalkeeper Joe Cohen (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) and freshman back Michael Rouette (Three Rivers, Mass./Monson) earned spots on the MASCAC men’s soccer first team all-conference squad, while sophomore back Matthew McDonough (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) earned second team all-league accolades while also being named to the inaugural MASCAC Men’s Soccer Sportsmanship team. Junior goalkeeper Katie Levesque (Wilmot, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) earned first team all-MASCAC honors in women’s soccer for a second straight season, while senior back Mariah McGrath (Mansfield, Mass./Mansfield) was named to the MASCAC Women’s Soccer Sportsmanship squad. Additionally, senior defensive specialist Lauren O’Shaughnessy (Yarmouth Port, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth) was Massachusetts Maritime’s representative on the conference’s Volleyball Sportsmanship squad.
Robbs earned all-MASCAC honors on the pitch for a third straight season, as his first team nod follows a pair of second team selections as both a sophomore and junior. Robbs has started in all 14 matches played this fall and registered an assist while leading the Buccaneers to a runner-up finish in the conference regular season standings for the first time in 10 years. Cohen has recorded seven wins and a tie to go with seven shutouts for Massachusetts Maritime, as the four-time MASCAC Player of the Week honoree has notched an 0.76 goals against average and ranks 10th nationally in Division III in saves percentage (.885) with 92 stops in 15 matches. Rouette netted a pair of goals (both game-winners) and added three assists for seven points while starting all 16 matches in regular season play, as his marker in last Saturday’s victory over MCLA helped propel Massachusetts Maritime to the second seed in this week’s MASCAC tournament.
McDonough was part of a Buccaneer defensive unit that allowed a league-low four goals in conference play and just 14 markers in 16 contests overall, and he chipped in with an assist on the offensive side as well. The MASCAC is also selecting an inaugural Sportsmanship Team in each of its sponsored sports during the academic year for embodying good sportsmanship on and off the field, and Massachusetts Maritime Head Coach Greg Perry was tabbed as the conference’s Sportsmanship Coach of the Year by his peers. Perry, a three-time MASCAC Coach of the Year honoree, has guided the Buccaneers to consecutive post-season berths for the first time in school history.
Levesque led the league for a third straight season with 151 saves, as she went over the 500 career save plateau in last Saturday’s 1-0 setback at MCLA. The three-time all-MASCAC selection, who last year became the first player in program history to earn NSCAA All-Regional accolades, recorded three wins and a trio of ties to go with three shutouts on the fall while posting a .799 saves percentage. McGrath netted a pair of goals while starting all 16 contests for Massachusetts Maritime in earning a spot on the Sportsmanship squad, while Buccaneer Head Coach Ray Cabral was named by his peers as the inaugural MASCAC Sportsmanship Coach of the Year in women’s soccer.
O’Shaughnessy registered 32 digs and four set assists while playing in 22 of 24 matches, as she served as Massachusetts Maritime’s co-captain during the recently completed campaign. Buccaneer Head Coach Chris Ratches, who was inducted into the Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame this past June, completed a hat trick for Massachusetts Maritime mentors in earning the nod as the MASCAC Volleyball Sportsmanship Coach of the Year in a vote of her colleagues. Ratches ranks as the second winningest coach in program history after her 11th season at the helm this fall.