De Sousa, Medina of Rutgers-Newark Receive Major Awards from ECAC
Complete All-ECAC Teams
DANBURY, Conn. (November 29, 2017) – Sophomore forward Fabio De Sousa was named the Offensive Player of the Year and sophomore goalkeeper Andres Medina was named the Defensive Player of the Year as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) released its ECAC Division III Men's Soccer Awards and All-ECAC selections Wednesday.
De Sousa and Medina were named first-team All-ECAC as well, while senior midfielder Hubert Dulreceived honorable mention All-ECAC distinction.
The Scarlet Raiders won the program's first-ever New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) title this past season, and they reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Rutgers-Newark finished the year with a sterling 20-3-1 record, going a perfect 11-0-0 on its home turf.
De Sousa was the NJAC Offensive Player of the Year one year after earning conference Rookie of the Year honors. He led Rutgers-Newark in goals (18) and points (43) and finished second on the team in assists with seven.
The second-year standout scored nine game-winning goals and had at least one point in 18-of-24 games played. He had seven games with three points or more, knocking in two goals on three separate occasions. An NSCAA and D3soccer.com All-American as a freshman, De Sousa currently checks in No. 1 nationally in game-winning goals. He is first in the nation in shots per game, fourth in shots on goal per game, No. 11 in total goals and No. 12 in total points.
"Fabio had another fantastic year for us," said Head Coach Kevin East. "He was a marked man all season and was still able to produce at a high rate. That is no easy task when every opponent we played made it their top priority to contain Fabio."
Medina was named the NJAC Goalkeeper of the Year and first-team All-NJAC after leading one of the top defenses in the nation. Medina allowed just 11 goals against in 24 starts and more than 2,125 minutes between the pipes, racking up 86 saves on 218 shots faced. The second-year star totaled 12 shutouts individually and was a part of 15 clean sheets in all, ending his season with a .46 goals-against average and a .887 save percentage.
Medina stopped 3-of-5 penalty kicks in a shootout win over Bowdoin College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, was a three-time NJAC Defensive Player of the Week honoree and currently leads the nation in goalkeeper minutes played. The Howell native is sixth nationally in save percentage and seventh in goals-against average at the time of this writing, and his 12 shutouts are third in all of Division III.
"Andres was a rock in goal," said East. "He makes the saves he is supposed to, but he always came up with the big saves when we needed it and that is a true sign of an elite goalkeeper."
Dul had a spectacular senior season for R-N, earning first-team all-conference and NJAC Midfielder of the Year distinction. He played a huge role on both ends of the field for the Scarlet Raiders, leading the team in assists with nine and ending his campaign with seven goals and 23 points. Dul took the pitch 22 times, scored two game-winning goals and was a leader for Newark on and off the field. He headed home the game-winning goal in the NJAC title game at Rowan University, and had at least one point in four-straight games leading into the NCAA Tournament.
"Hubert was our foundation in the midfield and developed into a great two-way player for us this season," added East. "He was more than capable of being a ball winner and doing the hard defensive work as he always has, and he was probably our best player in the air. This year he added an offensive threat much more so than in the past. He scored goals and set other players up with his assists, and if teams focused on our forwards, Hubert could hurt them and that allowed our offense to be much more balanced."
Fans should continue to check www.rutgersnewarkathletics.com over the next six weeks for postseason honors, and fans can always follow @ScarletRaiders on twitter for the latest.
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