MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) office announced its 2016 Men's Soccer All-Conference selections today, as voted on by the conference coaches, naming seven from Morrisville State College to its first, second and third teams.
Four received first team honors, including seniors Joe Sheehan (Liverpool, N.Y.) and Alan Peckham (Webster, N.Y.), along with junior Jose Figueroa (Boston, Mass.) and freshman Griffen MacWatters (Ballston Spa, N.Y.).
Morrisville State wrapped up the regular season with a 12-1 NEAC record, claiming its third straight regular season title, and earning the top seed in the championship tournament for a third consecutive year.
Sheehan led Morrisville State in scoring this season from his forward position, netting 18 goals and assisting seven for 43 points. Five times on the season he posted the game winning tally, including over RIT and Wells, and twice he registered hat tricks with 3 goals and one assist performances.
In all but four games on the year, Sheehan posted at least one point.
The two-time All-Conference selection was named the NEAC Offensive Player of the Week, ECAC North Player of the Week and NSCAA Player of the Week on October 18.
He currently ranks 1st in the conference in goals scored, and points, and ranks 3rd in assists (7), 2nd in game winning goals (5). He ranks 10th overall in Division III in goals per game, points per game and goals scored, and is 12th in points.
Peckham started in 15 games for the Mustangs at center back and controlling the back line for Morrisville State.
On the year he posted one goal and three assists and took charge of the defensive unit that limited opponents to a .101 shot percentage and just 16 goals on the year.
Peckham is a three-time All-Conference selection at defense, and was named the NEAC Defensive Player of the Week on September 13.
Figueroa returned after a year of injury and his impact was immediately felt as he filled the role of defensive center mid. His ability to connect the back line to the attack, and help maintain possession was instrumental to the success on the pitch this year.
He has a knack for switching the point of attack and helping the attack find space on the field in transition. His play resulted in six points for the junior on the year, behind two goals and two assists.
MacWatters appeared in 15 games for the Mustangs at midfield and posted eight goals and four assists for 20 points in his first season. Twice on the year he had game winning tallies, including wins over Lancaster Bible and Penn College.
The freshman earned ECAC Rookie of the Week honors on October 4. His play on both ends of the field created havoc for opponents as MacWatters often was the play maker in the midfield in the transition game.
McKoy appeared in 17 games for the Mustangs on the forward line and was second on the team in scoring, netting 11 goals and six assists for 28 points.
Four times on the year McKoy posted 2 goals in a single game, including in the wins over SUNY Poly and Penn St. Berks. He currently ranks 7th in the NEAC in goals and is 4th in assists, while ranking 6th in points.
McKoy had the game winner against SUNY Poly.
Rodriguez was third on the team in scoring, netting 10 goals and six assists for 26 points across 17 games played and used his speed and skill to create opportunities for the forward line.
The junior posted three game winning tallies on the year, including in the wins over Berks, Wilson and Oswego. In three games he registered two goals.
Rodriguez ranks 9th in the NEAC in goals scored (10), is 4th in assists (6) and 7th in points (26), while ranking 5th in game winning tallies (3).
Rando made the move from a traditional center midfielder to fill the role of an outside back. His impact was immediate as he secured up the back line.
His ability to get out of pressure and attack from his position was influential in not only the defense this year, but the ability to transition from the back forward, resulting in four assists.
Morrisville State opens tournament play Saturday, hosting fifth seed Wells College at 4 p.m. on Drake Field in the first semifinal.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.