Trinity Men's Soccer Players Take Numerous Awards For Academics In 2011
Hartford, Conn. – Senior captain back Joe Buckley (Shrewsbury, Mass.), senior forward Dan Mayernick (Gladwyne, Pa.), and junior midfielder Anthony El-Hachem (Vernon, Conn.) were each named to the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Collegiate Scholar All-American Division III Third Team. The trio also joined senior captain goalkeeper Grant Schonberg (Mendham, N.J.), senior forward Chris Binnie (Kingston, Jamaica), junior midfielder Chislon Richardson (Trincity, Trinidad), and sophomores backs Tucker Callanan (Portage, Mich.), Colin Coughlin (Needham, Mass.), Shaun McGann (West Hartford, Conn.), Andrew McNair (Westport, Conn.), and Zachary Packer (Mansfield, Mass.), and sophomore goalie James Ciano (Syosset, N.Y.), sophomore midfielder Trevor Doolittle (Milford, Conn.), and sophomore forward Will Stankiewicz (Townsend, Mass.) on the NESCAC Fall-All Academic Team.
Each NESCAC All-Academic honoree must be varsity letterwinner and maintain at least a 3.35 grade-point average. To be nominated for NSCAA Scholar All-American, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career, and start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team.
The Trinity men's soccer team, coached by Mike Pilger (8th season), finished an impressive 2011 campaign with an 11-5-3 overall record. The Bantams posted a 6-2-2 record in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), finishing third in the league and earning a quarterfinal home game in the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the second time in College history. Trinity earned its first-ever ticket to the NESCAC Championship, eventually losing a back-and-forth affair to Amherst, 2-0. The Bantams received an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship Tournament for the first time since 1999, and the fifth time in the program's history. After blanking St. Joseph's (Maine), 1-0, in the first round, Trinity faced then-No. 8-ranked Babson but failed to advance on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie through the overtime sessions.