GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2018 Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team with 33 student-athletes receiving the league’s top honors. Four institutions were also represented in the annual individual awards determined in a vote by the conference coaches.
Penn State Abington forward Jose Palomeque (Upper Dublin, Pa.) has been selected as the NEAC Player of the Year as the offensive leader of the regular season champions. The Nittany Lions’ sophomore has scored eight goals in 17 games to date and ranks first in the NEAC with eight assists. His 24 points are tied for fourth in the league and he leads all conference players with 46 shots on goal. The First Team All-Conference selection has scored 19 of his 24 points in conference play to help lead Penn State Abington to an unbeaten 10-0-1 record against NEAC opponents. Palomeque and the Nittany Lions enter the postseason ranked second in the NEAC in goals (51) and points (126).
SUNY Cobleskill junior Gregoire Diedhiou (Manhattan, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year after serving as the anchor for the Fighting Tigers’ defense. Diedhiou was tasked with marking the opposition’s greatest scoring threat in each game this season and consistently organized a defense that played in front of three different goalkeepers throughout the year. His efforts have helped SUNY Cobleskill post five shutouts while limiting its opponents to 1.90 goals per game overall and 1.33 goals per game in NEAC play. In addition to his defensive work, Diedhiou scored one goal in a conference game against the College of Saint Elizabeth.
The NEAC Rookie of the Year award has been bestowed upon Toyi Hakizimana (Rochester, N.Y.) from Morrisville State. Despite coming into the season as a highly-touted attacker, Hakizimana was moved to the role of a defensive midfielder were he made an immediate impact for the Mustangs. He started all 19 games this season and was involved in all aspects of the game, scoring three goals and four assists. With all of his 10 points coming in conference play, Hakizimana scored game-winning goals against Cazenovia College and Wells College in September. In addition to his individual award, Hakizimana was also voted to the All-Conference First Team.
Lancaster Bible Head Coach Tom Ardt has been named NEAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. Ardt, who is in his eighth season at the helm, led the Chargers to a 9-2-0 conference record and the No. 2 seed in the NEAC Tournament. Lancaster Bible has set a new program record in single-season conference victories and will begin postseason play riding a six-game winning streak. Under Ardt’s guidance, the Chargers have been the league’s toughest defense this season with a 1.09 goals-against average and 20 goals allowed. Ardt also had four student-athletes receive NEAC All-Conference honors.
NEAC Men's Soccer All-Conference Team
|First Team All-Conference|
|11||Jose Palomeque||Penn State Abington||So.||F||Upper Dublin, Pa.|
|15||Samba Doukhansy||Keuka College||So.||F||Dakar, Senegal|
|9||Patrick McGovern||SUNY Cobleskill||Sr.||F||Congleton, England|
|10||Benjamin Alonge *||SUNY Poly||Sr.||F||Elmont, N.Y.|
|6||Dan Bewersdorff||Lancaster Bible||Jr.||M||Lititz, Pa.|
|7||Toyi Hakizimana||Morrisville State||Fr.||M||Rochester, N.Y.|
|9||Sebastian Krysztofowicz||Penn State Abington||So.||M||Doylestown, Pa.|
|5||Jake Kemery||Penn State Abington||Jr.||D||Bensalem, Pa.|
|5||Gregoire Diedhiou||SUNY Cobleskill||Jr.||D||Manhattan, N.Y.|
|14||Tom Reynolds||Keuka College||Sr.||D||Brockport, N.Y.|
|1||Jake Deterline||Lancaster Bible||So.||GK||Altoona, Pa.|
|Second Team All-Conference|
|10||Chad Johnson||Gallaudet University||Fr.||F||Gardena, Calif.|
|10||Hernando Villamil||Penn State Abington||Sr.||F||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|18||Brenden Valverde||Penn State Berks||So.||F||Birdsboro, Pa.|
|8||Chris McFarland||Penn College||So.||M||Coatesville, Pa.|
|21||Abdikarim Maalo||Keuka College||Jr.||M||Syracuse, N.Y.|
|11||Junger Vargas||Wells College||Jr.||M||Islip, N.Y.|
|5||Jared Jordan||Lancaster Bible||Sr.||D||Lancaster, Pa.|
|3||Jeremiah Besse||SUNY Poly||Sr.||D||Bethleham, Pa.|
|17||Daniel Sparkowski||Morrisville State||So.||D||East Meadow, N.Y.|
|19||Michael Albers *||Penn State Abington||So.||D||Southampton, Pa.|
|1||Esteban Leon||Penn State Abington||Fr.||GK||Miami, Fla.|
|Third Team All-Conference|
|10||Christian Garavito||Wells College||Jr.||F||Islip Township, N.Y.|
|11||Richie Morris||SUNY Poly||Jr.||F||Spanish Town, Jamaica|
|21||Colton Wartman||Penn College||Fr.||F||Ellicott City, Md.|
|17||Chad Tolson||Lancaster Bible||So.||M||Perry Hall, Md.|
|7||Khadim Diba||SUNY Cobleskill||Jr.||M||Manhattan, N.Y.|
|7||Jamar Gayle||SUNY Poly||Jr.||M||Kingston, Jamaica|
|12||Christian Cupello||Keuka College||Sr.||D||Gates, N.Y.|
|15||Sean Seidenburg||Penn State Abington||Sr.||D||Rockledge, Pa.|
|5||Noah Ogden||Keuka College||Sr.||D||Rochester, N.Y.|
|0||Hunter Gosnell||Penn College||Sr.||GK||Westminster, Md.|
|1||Trent Johnson *||Penn State Berks||So.||GK||Bethel, Pa.|
* Denotes At-Large Selection
The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.