SIX players from the top-ranked Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team were named to the Daktronics Division II All-East Region Men's Soccer Team.
Seniors Dom DiMaggio and Pierre Omanga, and graduate student Callum Williams were selected to the first team, while juniors Keegan Campbell and Yannick Kabala, of Manchester, and sophomore Dominic Samuel were second-team choices.
Omanga, the Northeast-10 Player of the Year and an NE-10 first-team selection, ranks fourth nationally in total goals with 20 and seventh in points with 43 as he has 20 goals and three assists on the season.
Williams, the Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year, anchors the nation's top defense. Starting all 22 games, Williams has led a defense that leads the country in goals-against average (0.40).
DiMaggio, a co-captain, has been the backstop to the stellar Penmen defense. Starting all 22 games in goal, DiMaggio ranks second nationally in goals-against average (0.381), while his .840 save percentage is good for 16th in Division II. The senior has registered eight shutouts on the season, including four in the postseason.
Campbell, a co-captain along with DiMaggio, and Samuel have also been key members of the Penmen defense. Campbell has started all 22 games on the backline and has scored twice on the season, while Samuel has started all but one game and has registered three goals and an assist, including a pair of goals in SNHU's 3-1 win over LIU Post in the NCAA East Region championship game.
Kabala, a Manchester High School Central grad, has been a strong presence in the central midfield for SNHU all season. A Northeast-10 First Team selection, Kabala has started all 22 games and rarely, if ever, comes out as he contributes to a team ranking among the national leaders both offensively and defensively. He has one assist on the season.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Thursday when it faces No. 14 Rockhurst University in the Division II semifinals in Evans, Ga. That game is slated for a 5 p.m. kickoff.
Coaches honor D'Agostino
THE U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced that Dartmouth senior Abbey D'Agostino has been named the 2013 Women's National Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
D'Agostino claimed the award on the heels of winning last Saturday's NCAA Cross Country National Championship, in which she became the first Ivy League student-athlete on either the men's or women's side to win the individual title.
The Topsfield, Mass., native was third in 2011 and the runner-up last season in her previous two trips to the NCAA meet before finally capturing the one title that has eluded her during her collegiate career.
'Cats named all-conference
A total of eight University of New Hampshire football players, led by junior wide receiver R.J. Harris on the first team, received CAA Football All-Conference recognition. The Wildcats had two representatives on the second team and five on the third team.
Senior offensive lineman Ricky Archer and junior running back Nico Steriti were second-team selections. The third-team honorees were sophomore linebacker Akil Anderson and senior safety Manny Asam on defense as well as senior wide receiver Justin Mello, senior offensive lineman Seamus O'Neill of Manchester and junior tight end Harold Spears on offense.
All-Ivy accolades for Green
SIXTEEN Dartmouth College players received All-Ivy League honors in football. Five Big Green players earned a spot on the first team, four were listed on the second team, and six received honorable mention.
Making the first team were four seniors - offensive lineman Cohle Fowler, running back Dominick Pierre, linebacker Michael Runger and free safety Garrett Waggoner - and a junior in offensive lineman Scotty Whitmore. Both Runger and Waggoner are on the first team for the second time in their careers, having earned the honor last year as well.
The four Big Green players on the second team all came from the defensive side of the ball: linemen Evan Chrustic and Cody Fulleton, safety Stephen Dazzo and cornerback Vernon Harris.
Receiving honorable mention were senior linebacker and tri-captain Bronson Green, senior defensive tackle Elliot Kastner, senior tight end Cole Marcoux, junior center Sean Ronan, sophomore quarterback Dalyn Williams and junior Bo Patterson, who earned recognition at two positions, wide receiver and return specialist.
Manchester Central grad Steve Grzywacz, a kicker for Stonehill College, earned second-team honors on the All-Northeast-10 Conference team. Grzywacz set single-season program records this fall with his 37 extra points made and 41 attempts, while also converting eight of 12 field goal tries. He finished the year as the team's second-highest scorer with 61 points. Grzywacz was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts inside 30 yards and booted a career-long 45-yard field goal in the Skyhawks' key road win at Merrimack College to close out the regular season. He ranked 12th among NE-10 scoring leaders, fourth for extra points made and third in field goals made.
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