November 8 - Harrison Watkins, Middlebury (Senior, Defenseman - San Francisco, Calif.)
The anchor of the Panthers’ defense, Watkins and company posted back-to-back shutouts over the weekend en route to Middlebury’s third NESCAC Men’s Soccer Championship. The pair of shutouts upped Middlebury’s total to 13 through 17 games played, as the Panthers became the fifth team in conference tournament history to not allow a goal. Watkins is also tied for first on his squad in goals with five.
November 1 - Steve Paresi, Wesleyan (Junior, Midfielder - Armonk, N.Y.)
Paresi propelled Wesleyan into the 2010 NESCAC Men’s Soccer Championship and past Williams in the quarterfinals last week. In a must-win situation on Friday against Connecticut College, Paresi’s golden goal in the 106th minute gave the Cardinals a 3-2 double-overtime victory and a spot in this year’s conference tournament. He also assisted on Wesleyan’s opening goal. At Williams on Sunday, Paresi set up the game-tying goal in the 83rd minute when he lofted the ball into the box. Wesleyan would go on to win 2-1 in overtime.
October 25 - Gaston Kelly, Williams (Senior, Forward - Hingham, Mass.)
Kelly had both game-winners during a 2-0-0 week for the Ephs. Kelly’s goal in the 83rd minute of Monday’s game against Rensselaer broke a 2-2 tie and ended up being the final tally of the contest, as Williams won 3-2. On Saturday afternoon at Tufts, Kelly netted the only goal of the game with 15 seconds remaining in overtime to give his team an important 1-0 NESCAC victory. Kelly is tied for the team lead in goals with six.
October 18 - Co-Players of the Week
Ben Denton-Schneider, Bowdoin (Senior, Midfielder - San Rafael, Calif.)
Denton-Schneider played a key role during a pair of Polar Bear wins last week, scoring two goals and assisting on a third. On Monday at Babson, Denton-Schneider tallied the game-tying goal in the 36th minute, then assisted on the game-winner less than four minutes later in a 2-1 victory. At Williams on Saturday, Denton-Schneider collected the game-winner in the 64th minute, as the Polar Bears beat the Ephs for the first time since 2004, 2-0.
Grant Schonberg, Trinity (Junior, Goalkeeper - Mendham, N.J.)
Schonberg helped the Bantams record a win and a draw as his team recorded back-to-back shutouts over the weekend, combining for 19 saves. On Saturday against Tufts, Schonberg made nine saves over 110 minutes in a scoreless draw against the Jumbos. He added 10 more in just 84 minutes of work on Sunday, as Trinity downed visiting Springfield by a 3-0 score. Schonberg is second in the NESCAC in save percentage at .877
October 11 - Tim Cahill, Middlebury (Junior, Goalkeeper - South Glastonbury, Conn.)
Cahill chalked up his sixth shutout of the season on Saturday, making five saves during a 1-0 win for the Panthers in their lone game last week. The junior netminder made several tough stops in the match, including a diving save on a point-blank shot late in the first half to keep the Lord Jeffs off the board. He now owns a league-leading 0.24 goals against average with an 8-1-0 record.
October 4 - Tim Prior, Bowdoin (Senior, Midfielder - Georgetown, Mass.)
Prior racked up 10 points in a 3-0-0 week for the Polar Bears, scoring three goals and assisting on four others. He opened the week last Monday by tallying the first two goals of the game before assisting on the third in a 4-0 win at Colby. Against Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon, Prior assisted on both Bowdoin markers in a 2-1 victory, as he provided the service on the game-winner with seven minutes remaining in regulation. Prior closed out the week with a one-goal, one-assist effort in Sunday’s 6-0 decision over St. Joseph’s (Maine).
September 27 - Co-Players of the Week
Spencer Noon, Amherst (Soph., Forward - Farmington, Conn.)
Noon had three goals during a 2-0-0 week for the Lord Jeffs, which included their first NESCAC victory of the season. On Saturday, Noon was responsible for both Amherst goals as his two second-half tallies lifted his squad past Connecticut College 2-0, the Jeffs first win over the Camels since 2007. He added a goal in Amherst’s 5-0 decision at Bridgewater St. on Sunday.
Jake Edwards, Middlebury (Senior, Midfielder - Easton, Conn.)
Edwards accumulated a goal and four assists as part of a 3-0-0 week for the undefeated Panthers. He opened the week by tying the program record for assists in a game with three in a 7-0 win against Vermont rival Norwich on Wednesday, then picked up another helper in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Bowdoin. Edwards closed the week on Sunday with a goal as part of the Panthers’ 4-0 win at Colby-Sawyer.
September 20 - Greg Watts, Bates (Junior, Goalkeeper - West Chester, Pa.)
Watts made 16 saves and allowed only one goal (.941 save percentage) during a 1-0-1 week for Bates, which included a 12-save performance in a scoreless draw with Bowdoin on Saturday. In his seventh career shutout, Watts stopped six shots in the second half and made an additional three saves over two extra sessions. The tie snapped a seven-game winning streak the Polar Bears held over the Bobcats. On Tuesday, Watts had four saves, all in the second half, in a 2-1 win over Maine-Farmington.
September 13 - Kiel Bonhomme, Williams (Senior, Defender - New York, N.Y.)
Bonhomme gave the defending NESCAC Men’s Soccer Champion Ephs a critical season-opening victory at Wesleyan on Saturday, tallying the decisive goal with 6.7 seconds remaining in double-overtime for a 2-1 Williams victory. The goal was the first of Bonhomme’s collegiate career.