Nov 07, 2018
Westfield, Mass. — The Framingham State duo of Bryce Nardizzi and Johance Liverpool are the 2018 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honorees and headline the All-Conference Team as voted on by the coaches from around the league.
Nardizzi, a junior from Framingham, Mass. helped the Rams to a 5-0-2 mark during conference play and the top seed in the MASCAC Tournament. He finished the year atop the league in goals with 15, points with 39 and game-winning goals with six. He also had the second-most assists with nine and was 2-for-2 on penalty kicks. His best of the year came in the 3-1 win over Pine Manor College where he registered a hat trick in the victory.
Liverpool, a senior from Arima, Trinidad earned the first-ever 2018 MASCAC Defensive Player of the Year honor after anchoring a Rams defense that held their opponents to 1.52 goals per game, a.098 shooting percentage with seven shutouts on the year.
Gabriel Meireles of Salem State claims the 2018 MASCAC Rookie of the Year. The freshman from Everett, Mass. netted eight goals and seven assists for 23 points while adding one game-winner on the year. In the 5-1 win over Fitchburg State, he tallied one goal and two assists to lead the team to victory.
After leading his team to the 2018 MASCAC Regular Season title and the top spot in the tournament, Dean Nichols of Framingham State was named the 2018 Champion's Choice Men's Soccer Coach of the Year by his peers.
Joining Nardizzi, Liverpool and Meireles on the 2018 MASCAC First Team is Bridgewater State's Kessy Alves and Nate Morgado, Framingham State's Isaac De Souza and Ken Stahovish, Massachusetts Maritime's Adam Crawford and Ben Paine, Salem State's Felipe Montiel and Worcester State's Clayton DeMelo.
Landing on the 2018 MASCAC Second Team is Bridgewater State's Zachary Ells, Kane Moran, Kevin Roberts and Stanislaus Sokolov, Salem State's Lucas Amaral and Igor Caldas, Westfield State's Tyler Diotalevi, Brodie Keene, Sinha Kunphel and Kieran Moriarty and Worcester State's Bryan Brasil.