SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – November 7, 2006 -- Adrian Schippers of Springfield College has been named the 2006 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Year. Schippers, along with Tony Distasio and Colin Cook, were also named to the NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team.
Schippers, Distasio and Cook were key contributors for the Pride all season long and helped the team to an upset over #3-seeded Clark in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC Men’s Soccer Tournament. SC eventually lost in the semifinals this past weekend to #2-seeded Babson College. Springfield had been seeded 6th in the tournament.
Schippers, a freshman forward from Ashby, Mass., led the Pride in scoring this year with seven goals, and was tied for first on the team with four assists. In the NEWMAC, Schippers is currently tied for third in goals, and he has the most amongst league freshmen to date. He has also cracked the top-10 in the conference in assists.
Along with Schippers, Cook and Distasio carried the offense most of the year, working well as a three-person, goal-scoring tandem. They will all return for another season next year. Cook, a junior from Wilbraham, Mass., was second on the team with six goals and added four assists, which was tied with Schippers for the team lead. Cook also ended the season in the top-10 for both goals and assists in the conference.
Distasio, a junior from Burlington, Conn., was third on the team in goals with five, and third on the team with three assists. Distasio was a steady player and contributor for the Pride all season long, starting and playing in all 20 games. Michael Kilmartin was the only other Springfield player to play in all 20. Distasio, along with Schippers and Cook, was ranked in the top 10 in goal-scoring among all NEWMAC players.
The Pride ended its season 6-12-2 with the loss to Babson College in the NEWMAC semifinals Saturday afternoon. With the return of these three key players and many other underclassmen, the future of the Springfield College men’s soccer team looks bright.