MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) office announced its individual award winners Friday in the sport of men's soccer, naming Morrisville State College senior defenseman Alan Peckham (Webster, N.Y.) the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year.
Peckham started in 15 games for the Mustangs at center back and taking charge of the defensive unit that limited opponents to a .101 shot percentage and just 16 goals on the year as Morrisville State claimed its third straight NEAC regular season title with a 12-1 conference record.
The senior also contributed to the offensive game for the Mustangs, moving forward on corner kicks and tallying one goal and three assists for five points.
Earning first team All-Conference accolades for a second straight season in 2016, Peckham is a four-time All-Conference selection at defense, and was twice named the NEAC Defensive Player of the Week: September 13 and October 31.
Peckham is the third straight Mustang to be voted as the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year by the conference coaches.
Peckham, last year's NEAC Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player, has twice earned ECAC Upstate Division III All-Star Team honors, is a 2014 NSCAA Mid-Atlantic All-Region selection and was the 2013 NEAC Rookie of the Year. Off the field he excels in the classroom, also being recognized with NEAC Scholar-Athlete accolades.
A graduate of Webster Schroeder High, Peckham is majoring in criminal justice at Morrisville State. He is the son of Sally Amos and Scott Peckham of Webster.
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.